Hartlepool United manager Danny Wilson has rather oddly blamed Yeovil Town's medical staff for having a big hand in his side's 3-1 loss at Huish Park on Saturday.
Pools lost on loan Liverpool defender Godwin Antwi after a clash of heads with Marcus Stewart, and whilst Stewie was able to return to the field fairly quickly, Antwi was off the field during a four minute spell that saw the Glovers turn a 0-1 deficit into a 2-1 lead.
The Northern Echo lead on this point and opt for a headline of "Pools stitched up by Glovers medical team" to state Wilson's claim. The Hartlepool boss has directly accused Yeovil Town's medical staff of "sportsmanship", suggesting that they had deliberately kept Antwi in the medical room, even though surely at least one member of the Hartlepool coaching staff would have followed Antwi down the tunnel and so would have been able to monitor the situation. Wilson said of Antwi's absence:
"He was off the pitch for too long, far too long. I had to go to the dressing room to see what was going on simply because they were messing about in the medical room. Their lad came back on within seconds of going off and, irrespective of whether he needed stitches or not, our player was off for far too long. He could have had a heart bypass in the length of time he was in there let alone a couple of stitches. We are far from happy with it because we were down to 10 men for longer than necessary and also they scored in that period. It's disappointing to say the least."
Despite poor marking for both goals being in evidence, Wilson preferred to look away from the pitch for the answers, suggesting that the delay had been unacceptable:
"It's down to their medical staff. He was off for miles too long. I accept that there can be a bit of sportsmanship if you like, but it went beyond that. He was out for way too long just to receive one or two stitches. Of course it was a factor in the goals. For the corner kick it was Godwin's man but Ritchie was designated to mark him but he slipped. I am not being disrespectful to Yeovil but we gave them the game by being sloppy. They have not had to work hard for their win it was down to mistakes in our defence."
Wilson finally though conceded that perhaps his defence could have done a little better for the goals, suggesting that his players were not very good at picking up their markers:
"Our meanness at the back was a trait last year but this season we are taking chances at the back and not picking up. The boy who scored was Godwin's man. He was off so Ritchie picked him up and then slipped as they went for it and that sums us up this season. The second goal and we haven't picked up, we haven't been aware who is in the box from a hopeful ball. Maybe we think it is too easy and letting others take responsibility to deal with it but that has got to change. Somebody should take responsibility when we are down to 10 men because these things happen. We have got enough experience in there to deal with it but I just think that sometimes we are too nice. Look at Skiverton and Guyett for Yeovil, they are strong in the air but we need to jump that bit higher and be that bit meaner. We should have been good enough to keep a clean sheet but we are too honest and too nice."
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