Southend United were denied a point on Saturday afternoon after Andre Marriner deemed a clear penalty not to be, whilst also sending off Will Atkinson at The Den.

The Premier League referee almost faced blushes when he hurriedly dismissed a confused Anthony Wordsworth – when it was indeed Will Atkinson who had made a late challenge.

It would not have been the first time that Marriner got his decisions wrong, with the official famously sending off Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain handled against Chelsea in March 2014.

The game dramatically turned when the Blues, who were already 1-0 down, were controversially denied the Blues a penalty when Jermaine McGlashan was brought down by Tony Craig.

And the Essex side has since received news that they should have been given a spot-kick. “The referee’s assessor has come back to Brian Horton and said that it should have been a penalty,” Manager Brown said.

The Blues attempted to appeal Atkinson’s red card, but the Shrimpers have had their appeal rejected – with the midfielder now set to begin a three-match suspension.

The ban starts tonight, with the Blues’ trip to Oxford United, and includes the home tie against Northampton Town and the away game against Peterborough United.

The Blues travel to Oxford United tonight looking to bounce back from their weekend defeat to Millwall. However, things will be made more difficult with David Mooney, Stephen McLaughlin and Mark Oxley forced out through injury. Meanwhile, Nile Ranger returns from injury and Theo Robinson could make his full debut.


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