Brady feels Wimbledon's winner should have been disallowed

But Town boss accepts his side didn't create enough during dramatic defeat

Saturday, 27th March 2021, 6:24 pm
Jon Brady.
Jon Brady.

Cobblers manager Jon Brady felt AFC Wimbledon's late winning goal should have been disallowed for a 'massive shove' after his side suffered a devastating defeat against their relegation rivals.

A tepid contest at Plough Lane looked set to end in stalemate until a chaotic final few minutes. Joe Pigott scored with two minutes of normal time to play before Sam Hoskins missed a penalty deep into stoppage-time.

Town were well short of the standards they reached in victory over Oxford United in midweek, particularly in the first 45 minutes, and even when they improved after half-time, Hoskins' spot-kick, kept out by Nikola Tzanev, was their only shot on target.

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"I thought we started OK for the first 10 or 15 minutes but then we struggled to get to grips with their shape," said Brady. "The personnel wasn't quite right so we changed our shape and matched them up at half-time.

"I thought from half-time onwards, we were in the ascendency in the way that we played but I was disappointed with our delivery from wide areas and we took too long to get the ball round the back of them.

"Bryn (Morris) at the base of our diamond was excellent in getting us playing but I just felt our quality in wide positions was quite poor and our delivery was poor. We're better than that."

However, Town should still have walked away with a valuable point before Peter Kioso's clearance from a corner hit Pigott and rebounded into the net with only two minutes to play.

"If you watch their goal back, it's a massive shove on Peter Kioso," Brady added. "It's unbelievable - it's almost rugby-style, he uses two hands to push him in the back.

"There's another push in there as well but we've got to look ourselves and clear that ball, and then you talk about a kick in the teeth. We go up the other end, fight hard and we miss the penalty - who said it would be easy?"