Dismissed Flitcroft rages over performance of ref

James Dean in an aerial battle

James Dean in an aerial battle

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Garry Flitcroft has slammed the performance of referee Paul Davison during Chorley’s 4-3 away victory at Gainsborough Trinity.

The Magpies boss was sent into the changing rooms with minutes remaining after complaining about a decision.

He was furious after the Stockton-on-Tees official awarded a controversial penalty to the hosts.

He said: “Everyone has seen the decision – you can tell he just trips over himself.

“The referee should be looking at the left-back as he should have been sent off, if he’s going to be fair.

“I think it was a very poor performance from the referee, most disappointing.

“When I was sent off, all I said to him when James Dean was coming off was that he needed to sort his own penalty decision out.

“I never swore at him, but he said I was sent off for calling his decision embarrassing.

“I think that sums his performance up.”

The Magpies raced into a 4-0 lead at the break.

And despite a nervy second half which saw Gainsborough score three goals, Flitcroft was always confident his side would see it out for the win.

He added: “I couldn’t fault our lads in the first half, I thought they were excellent.

“We could have had even more in the first half, and at 4-1 we were still comfy until the penalty decision.

“I thought we could have dealt with the first goal a lot better, but it’s a great win away from home for us.”

This Saturday, Chorley welcome Boston United.

In their previous game, Boston defeated previous Conference North table toppers AFC Fylde.

Flitcroft said: “Our home form has been brilliant since I have been here.

“They’ve got a long journey coming to us and I don’t think anyone will fancy coming to Victory Park.

“The lads were gutted we conceded three goals on Saturday.

“But I’ve said to them to forget it – it was a brilliant performance from us and we can build on it.”