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Kevin Nolan: 'Referee at Yeovil Town missed blatant handball'


Joe Jones

Kevin Nolan has bemoaned the referee in Notts County's 1-1 draw at Yeovil Town for missing a penalty which could have put the visitors two goals up.

After substitute Jonathan Forte had put the Magpies ahead late in the first half, Lewis Alessandra’s flick appeared to be handled by Sid Nelson, but Dean Whitestone failed to spot the incident.

The Glovers went on to repel a series of Notts attacks in the second half before pulling level through a penalty of their own, converted by former Magpie Francois Zoko after he was hauled down by Richard Duffy.

“I think we should have had all three points,” Nolan told the Nottingham Post. “I thought the referee missed a penalty. It was a blatant handball.

"And I am massively disappointed that I am talking about the referee when I don’t want to go on about them because they have a hard job.

“The lad has handled in the area so I am majorly disappointed. Then for their penalty I thought it was soft and it looked like he couldn’t wait to give it really.

“It was disappointing from our end because I didn’t feel we were under too much pressure from them.”

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No matter how much of a handball it was, by the sounds of it we had enough chances to finish them off before their penalty decision. Need to start picking up three points away from home more often. Haven't won away since we lost the derby. 

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The linesman, running the line on the side of the Notts supporters, was quite inept, with one horrendous offside decision not given. The "handball" was within his vision too but seemed too afraid to help the referee out, so to speak

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Soft penalty really Liam.

Yet Nolan shouldn't moan about poor decisions, he made enough of his own during the game and he really does need to sort the performance out to a consistent level.

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