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McGhee and Mellon agree on penalty

23 September 2012

Both managers agreed that Fleetwood should have been awarded a second-half penalty during the goalless draw at Bristol Rovers.

A bouncing ball inside a crowded box appeared to strike Rovers skipper Matt Gill on a hand at the start of the second half. Referee Stephen Martin was alerted by an assistant flagging, but after a lengthy consultation awarded Fleetwood no more than a throw-in.

"It was the first bit of luck we have had this season," said Rovers boss Mark McGhee. "I thought at the time that the ball had struck a Fleetwood player, but Matt Gill admitted that wasn't the case."

Fleetwood boss Micky Mellon was bewildered by the decision.

He said: "You could tell by the reaction of the Rovers players that it was a penalty. They panicked when the ref went across to the linesman.

"If you don't fear a spot-kick is going to be awarded you just walk away. They crowded around the officials because they knew it was handball.

"Sometimes those decisions go for you and sometimes they don't. A point away at a club like Bristol Rovers will do for me, even though there is not much more I can say about our performance.

"You always look for the perfect display, but when you don't get it the important thing is to still come away with a result."

Three fine second-half saves from Scott Davies earned Fleetwood a point. Davies showed bravery and agility to keep out two David Clarkson shots and a volley from Oliver Norburn.

McGhee added: "I'm disappointed not to have won the game because we did enough to take all three points."

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