Dismissed Flitcroft rages over performance of ref

James Dean in an aerial battle
James Dean in an aerial battle

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.”