Alexander not happy with refereeing display as Iron can only draw with MK Dons


Graham Alexander was disappointed with a number of referee Graham Salisbury’s decisions, as the Iron were held to a 2-2 draw by Milton Keynes Dons at Glanford Park.

Goals from Hakeeb Adelakun and Kevin van Veen had put United 2-1 up at half time, but they had to play the whole of the second half with 10 men after Neal Bishop was adjuged to have elbowed Chuks Aneke on the half way line just before the break.

“The first incident happened at three and a half minutes after three minutes had been indicated and that was a pre-cursor for a lot of stuff that went on,” Alexander told the press.

“Bish has got his arms up to protect himself from a challenge coming from behind. He has gone to head the ball and caught he lad round the chest or bottom of the neck.

“But I felt it was 48 minutes of pressure from the bench to make some sort of big decision against us and it was like that all game.

Alexander pointed to a number of baffling decisions that went against United – claiming MK Dons’ centre half Ebanks-Landell should have seen red for a second yellow following a foul near the corner flag.

“Things conspired against us. Their centre half fouled in the second half but didn’t get a second yellow.

“Then Tom Hopper should have a penalty when he was given offside when he was three yards onside and I have seen that again.

“He flagged for Hakeeb, who hasn’t gone for the ball.

Confusion reigned once more as the visitors’ found an equaliser. Referee Salisbury initially gave a free kick as Murray Wallace brought down Gboly Ariyibi, but changed his mind and pointed to the spot for a penalty.

Following consultation with the linesman, he reversed the decision but Chuks Aneke was adjudged to have headed home from the resulting free kick, despite the Iron boss questioning whether it had crossed the line.

“The free kick they scored from was a foul and there is a question whether the ball went over the line,” he added.

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Written by Will Montag

Will Montag is an English Literature graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University. He is an avid reader of fiction, and a lifelong Iron fan. Will enjoys various outdoor pursuits in his spare time.

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