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13 January 2018 : Darren Way Unhappy With Penalty Decision After Late Goal Stops Glovers
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way laid into referee David Webb after he made the decision to award a late penalty against his club at Vale Park. The match official awarded the 86th minute spot kick after Omar Sowunmi was judged to have fouled David Worrall inside the box - a decision that allowed Tom Pope to step up and provide the equalising goal in a 1-1 draw.

In what was an often tetchy game, with the home crowd making their feelings known about the officials throughout the match, it had looked like the Glovers were going to come away with all three points, following Francois Zoko's 11th minute goal. Way suggested the referee had been drawn into the reaction from the home crowd, and claimed that Sowunmi had got a touch on the ball:

"I've watched it back again, and it's never a penalty. I was speaking to the Fourth Official throughout the game, and I just said don't let the crowd dictate your decision-making, and I felt he did on that situation. He gets a touch on the ball. You can see it moves away from Worrall, so the direction of the ball changes. But they're always going to get them at places like this, whether it be the technical area, or whether it is the crowd. Sometimes you've got to be a lot stronger than what the officials are at times. They've got experienced players and their budget is probably twice the size of ours. They've got a huge squad list, and we've got young players. We have to make sure that we understand that's going to happen, because we aren't getting any help from the officials, that's for sure."

Yeovil Town had a number of chances to have sealed the game before that spot kick with AFC Bournemouth loanee Sam Surridge hitting the woodwork in each half, whilst a number of other goal attempts went wide of the target. Way admitted his players were disappointed to only get a point out of the game and said that if his team had won by five or six goals then that would have been a just scoreline:

"The lads are a little bit deflated in there, but I've said to keep your heads up. From start to finish, it should have been five or six (goals) towards the end there. But unfortunately it's always hard when you come to places like this. There's always elements of pressure that you're going to be put under, which they did. But it happens, and I just want my players to be proud of that. My players had to stand up to the physical battle which they did. We talked about blocks and tackles, and that's a huge part of the game when you come here, and as I've said we played some fantastic football. The first half was probably the best away performance that I've witnessed. Their crowd started booing, so everything was going for us. Unfortunately we just didn't pick up the three points."

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