Duo 'can't believe' Cobblers weren't awarded a stoppage-time spot-kick against Rovers

Jones appeared to be dragged down by Leahy

Sunday, 11th April 2021, 10:13 am
Updated Sunday, 11th April 2021, 10:16 am
Rovers struggled to handle Alex Jones.

Neither Jon Brady nor Alex Jones could believe Cobblers were not awarded a second penalty in stoppage-time during Saturday's 1-1 draw with Bristol Rovers.

Sam Hoskins hauled Town level with 13 minutes to go when he converted from the penalty spot following Jack Baldwin's foul on Jones.

But Cobblers could and maybe should have had another penalty in stoppage-time when Luke Leahy appeared to drag down Jones as the striker tried to reach Mark Marshall's cross.

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"I think the referee will be disappointed when he watches it back because we should have had another penalty - AJ gets dragged down towards the end," said Brady.

"I've watched it back two or three times and I can't believe it's not been given, Leahy blatantly grabs him with two hands on the shirt and pulls him down.

"I know we had already got a penalty but when you're fighting for your life, you need those things to go your way and things haven't really gone for us."

Jones himself was surprised referee David Rock didn't point to the spot after feeling contact.

"I think it should have been another penalty," he said. "At the time I thought I was going to get to the ball and he's just dragged me back and pulled me down.

"As far as I'm concerned, it was a blatant penalty but unfortunately it didn't go our way. I thought the first one was a stonewall penalty as well. I'm running through on goal, he's clipped my heels and I felt contact and ended up falling over.

"I'm not quite sure how he (Joey Barton) has any issue with that because as far as I'm concerned, it was a penalty."