Bryan Hughes felt his side had been denied a ‘stonewall’ penalty in Saturday’s dismal 1-0 loss at Hartlepool United, but insisted his players must now ‘stand up and be counted’ over the remaining six games, North Wales Live report.

Hughes was clearly irked by the manner of his side’s loss at Victoria Park, a Josh Hawkes penalty on 25 minutes ensuring the win for the home side.

The Dragons boss was critical of his players following a poor showing, but felt his side had been denied a clear chance to get back into the contest after Chris Holroyd was felled by Pools keeper Scott Loach when chasing a Kieran Kennedy throughball.

“Chris Holroyd was a stonewall penalty,” said Hughes.

“I’ve just looked back on it, the keeper takes him out first before he gets the ball, the defender nudges into him which causes that collision, so for me it was a stonewall penalty.

“But the referee for some reason doesn’t see it, he doesn’t see it was an act worthy of a penalty.”

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