MK boss Neilson slams referee Salisbury following Scunthorpe draw


Milton Keynes Dons boss Robbie Neilson bemoaned the performance of referee Graham Salisbury following his sides 2-2 draw at ten man Scunthorpe United, claiming that the Iron’s second goal should not have stood.

The visitors were visibly angry with the referee and his assistant when Kevin van Veen slotted home, just seconds after MK Dons’ striker Kieran Agard had cancelled out a Hakeeb Adelakun opener.

The Scot claimed the Dutch striker had fouled Dons’ defender Scott Golbourne in the lead up to the goal – adding it was a travesty that his side were behind at the break.

“I’ve been in football since 1995 and that’s the biggest shambles I’ve ever seen in my life,” Neilson said.

“The second goal for me is one of them, where nobody has a clue what the referee is thinking about.

“Scott goes to clear it and the boy barges into the back of him.

“What’s going on in the referees head?

Neilson added that he thought his side did enough to win all three points, hailing the performance as the best of the season as Scunthorpe goalkeeper Matt Gilks made a string of excellent saves.

“It’s up there with the best we’ve played all season – we have come here and totally dominated.

“We passed the ball so well and we came in at half time 2-1 down, which was one of the biggest travesties you will ever see.

“It was phenomenal.”

Neilson also suggested Charlie Goode should have seen red for Scunthorpe following a strong challenge on Aneke.

“It was an absolute disgrace. They won’t show it on TV, but it’s one of the worst tackles I’ve ever seen.

“The referee told me he thought the lad played the ball but it doesn’t matter – two footed at pace, through the back of the opponent it’s a red card. It set the tone for the whole game.”

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Written by Matt Blanchard

Part of the team since 2007, before becoming editor in 2013. Undertaken the role of match summariser during Scunthorpe United live match commentaries for BBC Radio Humberside. Seasonal contributor to football titles FourFourTwo and When Saturday Comes and a finalist at the Football Blogging Awards in 2014.

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