FC Halifax Town winger Connor Hughes admits that Town’s 2-0 loss to Forest Green Rovers is disappointing, in a game that was surrounded in controversy.
“It’s frustrating because it knocks us off our run, frustrating at the penalty decision awarded to them as well and then there’s one at the end there with me which is probably equally as soft, but if the referee gives one he has to give the other. It’s just a frustrating day at the office really.”
Referee Ian Hussin awarded a penalty to Rovers in the 20th minute. Jon Parkin’s spot kick was saved by Sam Johnson but Parking tucked away the rebound.
“I was sat on the bench, thinking what on earth has he given here? He pointed to the spot and it was all a bit confusing because no-one really appealed. So I’m not sure why he gave the penalty, you’d have to ask the referee that but I don’t think it was a penalty and I’m sure half the ground didn’t either.
“I think it was a scrappy game. Obviously they got the two goals in the first half and at half time I think they’ve basically decided to sit back and try and hit us on the break and to be honest they did it well in the second half. We’ll go back to the training ground and work hard ready to go again next week.”
Hughes is not too disheartened though, and says there is some good to come out of today’s defeat.
“There’s always positives to take out of every game. I think losing today can be turned into a positive. For example, we should have defended better for their second goal today so now we can try and get that right for next week.
“The mood in the dressing room is upbeat. Up until today we were 13 games unbeaten and I think we have to put today down as just one of those days. You can’t win every game in football, unless you’re the Arsenal ‘Invincibles’ team but it’s difficult, especially with them being second in the table. I don’t think there was much in it today. They got a penalty and then they got the second shortly after knocked the stuffing out of us really.
“I think people may look at the result and that’s a comfortable win for Forest Green. They got the two goals in quick succession and then sat back I think they’ll be happy with that.”
The winger felt that he should have had a penalty at the end of the game when he and defender Dale Bennett came together in the area, sparking some anger between the two sets of players.
“I’ve gone down in the area, he’s dragged me down by the shoulder, and I think it was a penalty, I’m not a diver. Then Dale Bennett has come over to me and I don’t know what he’s trying to do by pushing me so I’m not quite sure why I got booked, but that’s another question for the referee.”