Boss Hasselbaink disappointed as Cobblers are denied '100 per cent' penalty in Wigan defeat

Cobblers boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was adamant his side were denied a late penalty during Tuesday's 1-0 defeat to Wigan Athletic, denying them what would have been a hard-fought draw.

Tuesday, 19th September 2017, 11:40 pm
Updated Tuesday, 19th September 2017, 11:52 pm
Former Cobblers player Michael Jacobs celebrates his stunning strike for Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium (Pictures: Sharon Lucey)

Trailing 1-0 to Michael Jacobs' fine goal with just minutes remaining, Northampton looked to have a valid penalty shout after the ball appeared to strike the arm of a Wigan defender but when referee Anthony Backhouse blew his whistle, it was to award a free-kick against Alex Revell for an apparent push.

"It was 100 per cent handball from a Wigan player," said Hasselbaink. "The referee said there was a push in the back, but Revell was standing in front of him so how could it be a push in the back?

"I've watched it again and there was nothing in it."

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Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink issues instructions to his Cobblers team at Wigan

Town battled hard against the much-fancied Latics and their resistance was only broken by Jacobs' crisp strike on 56 minutes, bringing an end to Hasselbaink's unbeaten start in charge of the Cobblers.

He added: "I'm a little bit disappointed to lose to a goal from distance like that.

"We closed them down really well tonight but the time we didn't do they had the shot and it was a goal.

"That's unfortunate, but I think it was a very good display from us. At times we can be calmer because we panic a little bit that's a time thing.

Dave Buchanan holds off the attentions of former Cobblers striker Ivan Toney

"Playing with Regan Poole for the first time, a young boy, and Raheem Hanley making his first start and then putting in that display I think we did well.

"On a luckier day Leon Barnett scores and the referee gives us a penalty for handball."

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink issues instructions to his Cobblers team at Wigan
Dave Buchanan holds off the attentions of former Cobblers striker Ivan Toney