Yeovil Town manager Darren Way claimed that his side's goal against Stevenage should have stood, feeling that his side was punished by the linesman. The match officials chalked off a free kick from Tom James in the 57th minute of the game, when James put a ball into the box on the angle, that flew through a crowd of players and into the back of the net.
Referee John Busby consulted with his linesman when the flag went up and ruled that striker Alex Fisher was interfering with play. Thus after celebrations were cut short, the goal was chalked off, with Stevenage going on to win the match through an Alex Revell goal eighteen minutes from time. Way told BBC Somerset that he saw the goal as being the same as the winning strike James scored against Carlisle United in October, that saw the ball deflect into the net off a Cumbrian defender, and believed it should have been allowed to stand:
"They said he (Alex Fisher) was stood in an offside position. But he wasn't in the line of the goalkeeper and he didn't get a touch. It was no different from our goal against Carlisle. That's what Tom James does really well in that wide area. He makes good contact with the ball, it's on target and the keeper's position was wrong, and we find ourselves punished. But to go down the other end in a short space of time and concede like we did, we were disappointed with that."
Revell's goal ultimately separated the two sides, with the Glovers often looking toothless in terms of their attempts to get back into the game. However, Way said he was frustrated with his side's defending for the goal, and wanted his team to concentrate more on keeping clean sheets in order to come out with at least a point from the game:
"We keep saying it every week, how tight the games are. Clean sheets are very important for us. Whenever we've come off the back of a good result we've kept clean sheets. We thought their goal was disappointing defending. The cross came in too easily, and we didn't stay with our runner. We found ourselves 1-0 down after having some good chances, and a goal disallowed which I've looked at and there was nothing wrong with it. It was almost identical to the Carlisle goal, but unfortunately the linesman has got involved. He didn't have a lot to do today, so I think he's decided to make that call. I don't think it was the referee. We find ourselves not being allowed to have that goal. They go down, and I don't know how quick in succession that was, but we were disappointed with our defending on that goal."
Way reported that Sessi D'Almeida suffered a shoulder injury during this afternoon's game, and is expected to go for a scan to assess the severity of the injury.
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