PENALISED defender Tom Clarke insists the penalty which led to Town’s 1-0 home defeat by Southend should not have been awarded.
Referee Colin Webster ruled the 21-year-old handled Franck Moussa’s cross, giving Lee Barnard the chance to fire home a 63rd-minute clincher.
But Clarke, who had the support of manager Lee Clark over the incident, insisted: “My hands were down by my side.
“Yes, it hit me, but it was definitely ball to hand.
“I couldn’t get out of the way and I was genuinely shocked when the referee blew his whistle.
“I was disappointed for the lads. It was a tough game, because they are flying, but we deserved a draw.
“It needed a situation like that to change the game. We worked hard and to lose like that was really frustrating.
“Lee Barnard is a lively striker and Theo Robinson is very strong, but we handled them well.
“We defended strongly and competed well in midfield. We needed more strikes on target, but should have had a point.”Related content
While seventh-placed Southend kept alive their League play-off hopes, Town slipped to 12th ahead of the Easter double-header against Scunthorpe (away on Friday) and Carlisle (at home a week today).