In years gone by, a point late on at a ground like Leyton Orient’s would have seen a manager shower his players with compliments, report The (North West Evening) Mail.

So it is perhaps telling and a form of comfort for Barrow AFC fans that the superlatives were not forthcoming, despite a spirited show and a controversial afternoon in E10. For two reasons, mainly.

Manager Ian Evatt focused a lot of his post-match conversation on the officials, who got many things wrong in the capital.

“It’s incredible really,” he said. “This is people’s livelihoods that are on the line here. The players’ jobs, the managers’ jobs. Fans have paid £100 to come down and see this.

“They deserve to have a referee who can make the right calls. For both teams there were some very bad decisions.

“We have had a stonewall penalty turned down, and their goal for 2-1 is miles offside. Orient will feel the equaliser should never have stood, but two wrongs don’t make a right.

“You just can’t get those decisions wrong. It’s people lives, a club’s progression.”

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