FLEETWOOD keeper Scott Davies insists referees need more support making big decisions – after seeing red on Saturday.
The stopper was given his marching orders by match official Gary Sutton after appearing to bring down Burton Albion’s Jacques Maghoma on the edge of the box.
But Davies insists he was an innocent party in the decision which swung the game in favour of Gary Rowett’s side, who ran out eventual 4-0 winners.
Davies said: “There was no contact. I’ve seen it on the video and in a sequence of pictures and you can clearly see he’s already going over a few yards before I get there.
“At first I thought the referee was going to book him. I just couldn’t believe it when I was given the red.
“To be honest I feel sorry for the referees. At this level we’re coming up against decisions like this again and again. I don’t think they are getting the support they need to make sure they are going to make the right decision.
“Where was the linesman? Surely he could have seen the lad going over. I think too often the referees are unsure what to do. I feel sorry for them.”
And the Fleetwood keeper branded the decision to hand out a straight red ‘rash’.
He said: “I can understand giving the penalty. But, at that point, has the lad got a goal-scoring opportunity – I don’t think so. I think it was rash.”
Davies is angered that the decision will bring to an end a run of nearly 90 consecutive competitive games for Fleetwood.
He said: “I’m gutted because I think I’ve played 88 games back to back. I’m not used to sitting them out. But I’m going to travel down to Aldershot on Saturday with the lads to give them all the support I can.
“David Lucas will come into the side. He’s been a fantastic coach since he’s come in.
“He’s very vocal in the dressing room, supporting the lads.
“On Saturday, that’ll be my job. Then I’ll be hoping to go straight back into the side for Tuesday night.
“I’m chomping at the bit to be involved again as soon as possible.”
Former Preston keeper Lucas nearly kept out Maghoma’s penalty – which gave Burton a 1-0 lead. Had he done so, Davies believes the match could have taken a very different course.
He said: “If he’s kept that out then we’re still in it and maybe the gaffer would have tried to shut up shop a bit more.
“As it was we had to go out and try and get something out of the game.
“To be honest I didn’t watch any of the second half after the sending off, I was so angry.”
“But I think we ended up playing 4-3-2 which just opened us up on the counter. When we lose, we tend to lose big because we’re not the kind of side to just sit in and accept a 1-0.
“We’ve got to pick ourselves up now and be ready for Aldershot on Saturday because every game now is a cup final.”