REACTION: Cobblers boss felt Posh skipper should have been sent off after conceding a penalty
Cobblers boss Jon Brady was adamant Posh skipper Mark Beevers should have been sent off after conceding a penalty just before half-time in last night’s (April 17) derby game at the Weston Homes Stadium.
Beevers was only cautioned for blocking off visiting forward Alex Jones as he chased a Nathan Thompson backpass in the 43rd minut. Presumably referee Lee Swabey wasn’t sure Jones would have reached the ball before Posh ‘keeper Josef Bursik.
Sam Hoskins slammed home the spot-kick, to level the match at 1-1, but Posh went on to win 3-1, a result that leaves Cobblers staring relegation in the face.
Brady told the Northampton Chronicle: “If Alex is in on goal, it has to be a red card. I don’t understand it. It’s a decisive moment, but the ref doesn’t give anything. He’s denying a goalscoring opportunity. I don’t get it.
“We were still quite positive at half-time and it was about whether or not we could step on another five or 10 yards, but then there’s a mix-up between Lloyd (Jones) and Shaun (McWilliams) for the second goal and the reaction to that was not what we expected.
“We get punished for it and that’s three minutes after half-time, but it’s the story of the season. Poor decision-making at crucial times and we give them the goal. That’s the hugely disappointing thing.
“They like to open teams up and play through the middle, but in the first-half I thought we frustrated them and we closed off spaces.
“The goal we conceded before half-time was a bit soft, but the reaction thereafter was excellent and we stepped five or 10 yards higher and we got the penalty.”
Cobblers remain a point from safety, but they have played more games than the rest of the bottom six.