Allen criticises referee after Pompey victory

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Barnet head coach Martin Allen rounded on referee Darren England following their Fratton Park defeat.

Saturday’s 3-1 victory lifted Pompey into third spot in League Two as their bright start under Paul Cook continues.

Yet the result was not without its controversy with a disputed goal from Adam McGurk and then Bees keeper Jamie Stephens later sent off.

Allen initially told the media he would not be commenting on the South Yorkshire-based official, yet he couldn’t resist.

He said: ‘I am not going to make any comment about the referee and his decisions, I think every Portsmouth supporter will say Barnet played well.

‘Even through to the 91st minute with 10 men we had a chance there for an equaliser.

The second goal, how far offside that was I don’t quite know, the linesman put his flag up, everyone stopped as you do when it is an offside, then he put it down again and they waved play on. We were hit hard with that one

Martin Allen

‘The second goal, how far offside that was I don’t quite know, the linesman put his flag up, everyone stopped as you do when it is an offside, then he put it down again and they waved play on. We were hit hard with that one.

‘I didn’t think the ref did a good job from the first minute. There was a tackle in the far corner, a two-footed tackle on our young full-back and he didn’t give him a yellow card. It was a potential straight red.

‘There’s 15-16,000 people (watching) and you have to be a strong referee to cope and deal with this.

‘You have to be fair – little Barnet going there – you have got to have a proper referee who can deal with this.

‘It is intimidating, it is imposing, and you have got to have a man that can stand in the middle and make decisions which don’t just fit that stadium and the crowd.

‘We got nothing from start to finish. He cost us.’