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IT MUST have felt like one of the longest half-hours of John Coleman's life.

IT MUST have felt like one of the longest half-hours of John Coleman's life.

The Stanley boss had to wait 30 minutes before he could have a word with referee Russell Booth after the Tamworth clash. And the manager's mind was spinning.

He was furious at Dean Calcutt's sending-off for a second bookable offence on 28 minutes, outraged by the award of a last-gasp penalty and bemused at Stanley's five bookings which he felt were unreasonable.

"There were some ludicrous decisions, they defied belief," said a raging Coleman.

"I don't like calling referees because you can get yourself into trouble but I couldn't believe what I was seeing out there.

"It is like getting bullied at school and you have no-one to turn to to protect you. We have been denied three points but who can I complain to?

"I don't know why Dean was sent off, it was a challenge on Andy Gouck and he went over - I don't know why he was sent off. And it wasn't a penalty. Robbie Williams didn't have his best game but he got the ball.

"I will be sending the referee a video of the game and giving him my number so he can tell me if he was right. You have to take these decisions on the chin but it is difficult."

Coleman admitted the 10-man Reds would have settled for a point at half-time - their first point on their travels this season - but he struggled to come to terms with the way Tamworth were awarded a 90th minute penalty.

Firstly he felt the Reds should have been awarded a free kick for obstruction before Williams was judged to have brought down Dave Robinson on the edge of the area and Setchell converted.

"Every one of their players said it wasn't a penalty - even the fourth official said so. I am sick to the stomach," added the Reds chief.

Setchell then turned from hero to villain as, five minutes into injury time, he was dismissed for violent conduct - grabbing Andy Procter by the throat and, for some reason, sub Procter also picked up a booking.

It was too late for Stanley by then - but the battling Reds had looked like they would hold on for their first away win of the campaign.

Midfielder Andy Gouck was brought in for his first start of the season, replacing Procter who dropped to the bench.


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