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Crawley boss bemoans "soft" penalty

Crawley boss Richie Barker was satisfied with a point against Swindon Town despite claiming the visitors' equaliser came from a "dodgy" penalty. 

Billy Clarke had given Reds the lead from the spot midway through the first half after Nicky Adams had been brought down in the area.

Barker admitted that was "soft" but felt Andrew Madley's decision to penalise Joe Walsh for nudging Adam Rooney in the back was even more questionable. Substitute Rooney picked himself up to convert from 12 yards and was denied a winner by a fantastic save from Paul Jones.

The result saw Reds slip to 14th in League One but Barker believes it was a good point against a very strong side.

He said: "Having been three weeks without a game I didn't know really what I was going to get from the team but I thought the players were fantastic.

"There were lots of positives. They are a strong team who have more experience than us but we stuck at it really well.

"I thought maybe both penalties were a little bit soft. I think there was contact on Nicky Adams for the first one. For the second one Joe had his arms up a little bit but how often do you see a referee even it up."

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11:42pm Sat 2 Feb 13

Bowmanc says...

Yes, it was flipping disappointing not to have secured 3 points today. Was quite annoyed, on the final whistle, not to have held on to what would have been a top result.

On reflection though Richie is right to focus on the positives especially as this was our first point against Swindon in the league. The new guys fitted in well

Pushing for that last playoff spot is still on for CTFC. We require a positive result at Sheffield and or Scunny ! I will be at both games.
Yes, it was flipping disappointing not to have secured 3 points today. Was quite annoyed, on the final whistle, not to have held on to what would have been a top result. On reflection though Richie is right to focus on the positives especially as this was our first point against Swindon in the league. The new guys fitted in well Pushing for that last playoff spot is still on for CTFC. We require a positive result at Sheffield and or Scunny ! I will be at both games. Bowmanc
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8:15am Sun 3 Feb 13

Chish and Fips says...

Even score on penalties - both soft.

The state of the pitch was a disgrace to the F.League and ruined the game. Have seen better condition local park pitches.
Even score on penalties - both soft. The state of the pitch was a disgrace to the F.League and ruined the game. Have seen better condition local park pitches. Chish and Fips
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