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.”