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Cooper gets feedback from officials
COLIN Cooper has revealed some interesting feedback for Hartlepool United this week.
The Pools boss was left disappointed and frustrated last weekend during the last five minutes of the home defeat against Oxford, as three big decisions went against his side.
And now referee Jeremy Simpson has, Cooper admits, confessed he was wrong on all counts.
First up, the official awarded the visitors a penalty, then sent off Pools’ striker Steve Howard before denying Pools a penalty when Jack Compton was tripped in the area.
Pools did consider an appeal against Howard’s dismissal, but they will be without the striker for the next three games after deciding, on advice, not to.
Cooper, ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Mansfield, said: “The last five minutes, it was a bit frantic – but we have had some feedback from the referee and he accepts he was wrong on all three points.
“While we can take some consolation from it, the result doesn’t change. But we know Oxford should not have had a penalty, Stevie should not have been sent off, and we should have had a penalty of our own.
“It would have been different, but it isn’t. So we go to Mansfield, who will be confident after last week’s win, and we go out there to put things right.’’
Pools were convinced Howard should not have been red carded, but such are the mechanisms of the FAs appeals procedure they felt it was best not to.
“Over an appeal, we sought advice from people the club has been advised from in the past and we were told there are certain opportunities to appeal, but were advised that this time it wasn’t worth it,’’ said Cooper.
“It wasn’t a sending-off in our belief, but in terms of an appeal – the nature of it, the action of it – we were told it would be a frivolous appeal. So we didn’t appeal unfortunately.
“It’s part of life, if you appealed everything you would be forever in front of the FA. We asked for advice and we have been advised well before and the club was successful in an appeal last season.
“But we were told the nature of how it looked that it wasn’t worth the effort. Frivolous appeals can add to the suspension and we didn’t feel that was worth it.’’
Pools were successful in an appeal against a red card Simon Walton was issued with by the same referee last season and Cooper and club officials feel that they have not been getting much favour.
“I’m not going to get into a debate about referees,’’ insisted Cooper. “We have actually spoken to last week’s referee. We spoke after the game and I felt the key match incidents, as they are called, weren’t good.
“Then we had a talk with the same referee, who has also had a meeting with his assessors, when we bumped into him at the Middlesbrough game on Tuesday, and he was very apologetic.
“But we accept it and get on with it. Every club can have a rant. We have made our point and have all been relevant points, we’ve asked for feedback from referees and the assessors and, while we haven’t been overjoyed with it, we’ve got it so we move on.’’
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