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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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