Bolton Wanderers manager Phil Parkinson has accused Sheffield United midfielder Samir Carruthers of diving to win his side a penalty kick in the 2-0 defeat at Bramall Lane on Saturday according to The Bolton News.
The Trotters lost ground in the race for automatic promotion with opponents Sheffield United going seven points clear at the league summit while both Scunthorpe United and Fleetwood Town also picked up points from their respective matches.
Wanderers fell behind to a clinical Billy Sharp strike early in the first half at Bramall Lane and were still in the match when defender David Wheater was adjudged to have caught Carruthers in the box to give away a penalty kick. Sharp then doubled his personal goal tally from the spot as The Blades went on to collect the three points.
After the match, Wanderers boss Parkinson blasted Carruthers for what he believed was a blatant dive in the penalty area.
“It was a definite dive” Parkinson told The Bolton News. “How Mike Dean hasn’t spotted that I don’t know, it’s a clear one.
“He is a good referee, a Premier League referee, but the tops refs are paid to get the big decisions right and he didn’t do that on this occasion.”
The result leaves Bolton Wanderers three points adrift of second place although they do boast games in hand over the sides above them in the table.