Davis slams penalty decision
Crewe boss Steve Davis slammed referee David Phillips after he awarded the home side a penalty in a 2-0 defeat at Portsmouth.
Wes Thomas headed the hosts in front from Jon Harley's cross after just two minutes and the Railwaymen went two behind after 18 minutes when Thomas went down under pressure from Andy Bond and Phillips gave what appeared to be a soft penalty kick.
Izale McLeod stepped forward for Pompey and sent Crewe goalkeeper Alan Martin the wrong way.
Davis said: "It wasn't a penalty. He (Bond) didn't touch him for the second goal. I thought he (Thomas) dived. If you watch it, you can see that he dived. There was no contact, so I thought that was a poor decision.
"In fact, I thought the performance of the referee, all three officials really, was very incompetent for both teams. He got a lot of decisions wrong and the goals changed the game.
"We could have avoided the first one and the penalty certainly made a difference. We could have gone in 1-0 down, even though we hadn't played particularly well in the first half. It would have given us a chance to get back in the game, although you've still got half a chance at 2-0."
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