Accrington Stanley had to settle for a point away at play-off hopefuls AFC Wimbledon after having a goal disallowed on the half-time whistle.
Stanley, who ended the game with ten men after keeper Ross Etheridge was sent off, were convinced they had taken the lead when striker Billy Kee put the ball in the back of the net only for referee Trevor Kettle to rule it out.
Despite the controversial moment, Reds defender Liam Wakefield insists his team did well to earn the draw.
“We thought we were the better side, we’re happy to have taken a point but we feel we should have had all three,” he said.
“It was massively important not to lose it with ten men. If we’d conceded that would’ve meant back to back defeats and we would have gone into Portsmouth on Tuesday worrying about a losing run.
“Instead we went into it knowing that we can keen a clean sheet and with the attitude that we are capable of doing it again.”
Shay McCartan created the first chance for the visitors on 11 minutes as he drilled in a ball from the flank but Wimbledon captain Barry Fuller did just enough to clear before Sean McConville could connect.
The away side continued to dominate and push for the breakthrough with efforts from Seamus Conneely and Piero Mingoia but neither could register a shot on target.
McConville registered Stanley’s first shot on target in the 44th minute with a free-kick from the edge of the box which Dons keeper Kelle Roos tipped wide of his left post.
The controversial moment of the match occurred when Kee managed to work space inside the box and scuff the ball into the back of the net from seven yards out.
Kettle deemed that he had blew the half-time whistle before the ball was in the back of the net and therefore the goal could not stand; much to the dismay of the Stanley players.
After the break Stanley continued to dictate the play with efforts from McConville and Mingoia in the opening few minutes of the half but Roos was equal to both.
Andy Barcham and Tom Elliott had half-attempts for the Dons as the hosts looked in vain for the decisive goal.
Wimbledon’s Conor Smith did strike the post on 79 minutes following a corner but the visitors were unhappy that play went on as Liam Wakefiled was still down injured in the penalty area.
Etheridge was dismissed three minutes before the end after being judged to have handled the ball outside his area after a Lyle Taylor’s lobbed attempt.
Despite late pressure from the Dons both sides took a share of the points as the score finished level.