Craig Hignett was once again left to wonder how Pools had been left empty-handed as Barnet came from two goals down to win 3-2 at The Hive on Saturday.
The game hinged on a crucial decision from the referee midway through the second half when Liam Donnelly was sent-off for bringing down Barnet striker John Akinde in the box with Pools leading 2-0.
While there was little doubt over the spot-kick, Hignett was rightly annoyed that the official chose to show a red card given the change in rules this season meaning a defender should only be booked if they make a genuine attempt to win the ball.
“We were in complete control; we bossed the game quietened the crowd and sickened them off,” Hignett told Pools PlayerHD.
“The game plan had worked to a tee – we were 2-0 up and cruising and it felt like it was a case of how many we would score. Then there’s a questionable refereeing decision, a lucky goal and we’re under the cosh.
“In terms of the red card, there’s a new rule now where you don’t have the double jeopardy when you give a penalty but the referee is trying to say that Liam didn’t make an attempt to win the ball.
“In terms of a performance it was excellent but we’ve conceded two set-pieces again – it seems like if there is a way for us lose a game then we’ll find it.
“That’s 14 goals from set-pieces this season now, half of the goals we’ve conceded in total – it’s not acceptable and we’ve had words about it again at the end.
“Fair play to them for coming back but that’s another game that should have been done and dusted.”
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