Penalty pain for Pompey as decisions disappoint Paul Cook

Paul Cook. Picture: Joe Pepler
Paul Cook. Picture: Joe Pepler

Decisions have not been going Pompey’s way.

That’s the opinion of Blues boss Paul Cook after he experienced a double dose of penalty pain in the 2-2 draw at Carlisle United on Saturday.

The visitors dominated throughout the Brunton Park contest yet saw their search for a League Two victory extend to five matches following Danny Grainger’s heartbreaking stoppage-time thunderbolt for the hosts.

It was his first-half opener from the penalty spot that incensed Cook, though.

The boss felt Christian Burgess’ clumsy tackle was made outside the area.

And it was a decision compounded by referee Scott Duncan’s refusal to award the Blues a penalty of their own in the second half when Ben Davies appeared to be felled inside the box – only to be awarded a free-kick on the edge of the area.

Referees have a job to do but unfortunately things went against us on Saturday – that is something we have to live with

Pompey manager Paul Cook

Cook said: ‘Referees have a job to do but unfortunately things went against us on Saturday – that is something we have to live with.

‘It (Carlisle’s spot-kick) was not a penalty.

‘We have hindsight to see their penalty and it is not a penalty – it is outside the box.

‘The disappointing thing is when there is another 50-50 decision in the second half, we don’t get it.

‘The referee could have made it up then.’

Cook, though, insists it is a matter of time before the Blues’ luck changes.

And the Pompey manager has told his team to stick to their attacking principles.

He added: ‘We have been questioning the referees a bit lately for decisions and they are not going our way at the minute.

‘But I am sure if we keep working our way into those areas they will go our way – that’s football.’