Dean Lyness has admitted that there was widespread disbelief among the Boro squad on Saturday as they somehow took a point from a game they looked destined to earn all three in.

Nuneaton were flying high as they scampered to a 2-0 lead away at Chorley in the Vanarama National League North last weekend, but were pegged back to finish the game level.

Much of the reason for that was due to a controversial goal on the hour mark, a Josh O’Keefe header being adjudged to have crossed the line after Ashley Chambers did his best to stop it.

Lyness refused to accept the legitimacy of the goal, saying it was part of the reason the Nuneaton squad were left speechless.

He added: “That for me is a game we could and should have won.

“We played well, we defended well, we took our chances, but we still have to come away with a draw.

“Don’t get me wrong we would have taken that before the game. But after playing like we did I think we deserved so much more. That one goal proved to be the difference.”

The former Blackpool man explained: “It was the timing of it and the way it came about, it was a real kick for us.

“The referee insisted it was a goal but my instinct said otherwise. I knew it was close but there was no way that whole ball was over the line for me.

“I think the tough thing for us all to take is the fact that the post and Chambo were blocking the view. I’m not sure how they can say for sure it was a goal.”

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