Bristol Rovers first team manager Mark McGhee has labelled last night's result against Yeovil Town as 'scandalous', after his team crashed out of the Football League Trophy. The Gas were on the wrong end of a 3-0 defeat after the Glovers netted three times in the final 20 minutes of a local derby that took a long time to warm up.
McGhee's annoyance appears to stem from a first half decision made by referee Michael Naylor, who chalked off a 'goal' scored by Michael Smith - disallowed by the match official for a foul on Glovers defender Byron Webster that was committed in the build-up. The Rovers boss believes that should have stood, and that it changed the pattern of the game:
"It was a scandalous scoreline. Goals change games and we had one disallowed which should have stood. I can't fault the players and I feel for them that they are on the end of a 3-0 defeat. We will win games in League Two playing like that."
Rovers, who have yet to score on their home patch during the 2012-13 season, eventually succumbed thanks to two excellent free kicks from long shot maestro Ed Upson. Substitute Gozie Ugwu was fouled by Tom Parkes for the first one, and McGhee added that he didn't think that decision should have been given either:
"I didn't think it was a free-kick for the first goal. The Yeovil lad has done well to win the foul and I would have done the same myself, but the referee should have seen that he bought it. It was a much better performance from us and something to build on. It was chalk and cheese from the second-half display in our (0-4 home) defeat by Morecambe on Saturday."
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