NATHAN CLARKE looked back at the decision that cost Town a point at Gillingham and insisted: “No way was it a penalty.”
The 24-year-old centre-back was ruled to have fouled former teammate Delroy Facey in the 87th minute of the League I showdown at Priestfield.
Adam Miller, who Town boss Andy Ritchie claimed should have been sent off earlier in the game (see Page 37) netted to clinch a 1-0 home win and leave Town 14th in the table.
Ritchie blasted Essex referee Steven Cook, who was just 22 when he was added to the Football League list for this season.
And Clarke fumed: “It was a terrible decision and I thought the referee was weak and inconsistent throughout the game.
“Del was going away from goal, and there was no reason for me to bring him down.
“He’s basically rolled into me and gone to the floor. In 99 cases out of 100 the referee would have waved play on. Unfortunately this time he gave the penalty.
“It’s unbelievable, because we worked so hard, created chances and deserved at least a draw.”
Town were today checking on the fitness of Clarke’s fellow centre-back Rob Page.
He came off three minutes into the second half after taking a blow to his lower left leg midway through the first.
Frank Sinclair took over.