AFC Telford United boss Gavin Cowan labels penalty decision 'farcical' following Boston United defeat

Manager says Bucks were 'better side' at York Street, despite 1-0 defeat...

Arlen Birch conceded the controversial spot kick. Photo: Eric Brown

AFC Telford United boss Gavin Cowan believes his side were the 'better team' despite a hotly-disputed penalty decision seeing the Bucks beaten at Boston United.Dominic Knowles' first-half penalty settled the contest after Frank Mulhern was adjudged to have been fouled by Arlen Birch, who featured for Boston in the county cup earlier this season.

Birch was red carded at full time after remonstrating with referee Callum Walchester, but Cowan also believed the spot kick should not have been given.

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"I don't think there are any words I can come up with the explain the decision," he told the AFC Telford United YouTube channel.

"Numerous decisions, some of the things happening on and off the ball. Just farcical really, the refereeing, the decision's crazy.

"The explanation's that Arlen's on the wrong side, which he's not, and he doesn't get the ball, which he does.

"You have to be sure of these decisions.

"I don't want anyone to feel sorry for me or my team, but ultimately it's what I've experienced all year."

In a game of few chances, affected by a strong, swirling wind, Cowan felt his side deserved more.

"We more than matched them, I thought we were the better side," he continued.

"Certainly the better side in the first half, should have been 2-0 up in the first 10 minutes.

"I would have liked to have got more shots off and worked the keeper a little bit more second half, certainly with the wind.

"But I thought out and out we were the better team. We've battled in there and matched them for that.

"In terms of chances, they've had one shot in the first half which was the penalty, which should never have been given.

"Then they've had two flash across the box as we've give them chances as we're pushing forward to get the equaliser."