Dean Keates cut a frustrated figure as he faced questions over Yeovil Town’s bizarre opening goal in Wrexham’s defeat on Saturday, and even claimed goalscorer Courtney Duffus looked ‘embarrassed’ to slot into an empty net as he expected a free kick to be awarded.
The Dragons went down to a 3-0 loss on their first ever league encounter at Huish Park on Saturday as Yeovil ended a six-match winless run in all competitions to move up to 3rd place and leave Keates’ charges heavily in the relegation mire.
Keates was blunt in his assessment of his side and bemoaned a ‘lack of quality’, yet was struggling to look beyond a controversial opener for the Glovers.
Duffus was presented with an open goal after Rob Lainton dropped the ball while trying to kick long down field out of his hands, the Dragons ’ goalkeeper complaining the Town striker was trying to block him and was unhappy to follow through with his kicking action.
Any protests were waved away by referee Steven Copeland who awarded the goal, much to the angst of Keates.
“What’s the point? You say too much and you get done about it,” said Keates when asked about Yeovil’s opener and whether it should have stood.
“The referee is looking at the linesman and he doesn’t know what decision to make. Ultimately, he is the one who is in charge.”