Mansfield boss Steve Evans believes vital decisions didn’t go in his side’s favour as they drew 1-1 with Coventry City at One Call Stadium this afternoon.
Coventry City had been down to 10 men since Jordan Willis was red-carded after 14 minutes and 1-0 down from Kane Hemming’s fortunate goal on 16 minutes. But Mansfield failed to build on their superiority and paid the price from the spot on 71 minutes.
Evans told there club website that his side came out on the wrong end of a number of major decisions.
“We’ve had enough entries into the box and good possession, good chances, half-chances, full chances but why don’t we win the game? Because the referee gives a penalty, which he’s entitled to do and I’m speaking with the benefit of watching it back, it’s not a penalty,” the gaffer said.
“And if he gives that, he must give the one on Ricky Miller. We’ve just looked at it and there is a push. The handball is in the box by half-a-yard. I’m not going to fault my players today.”
“I think we had enough good possession and we had enough quality play. We didn’t take our chances and that can happen. Nothing really fell for us in that little bit where there are ricochets in the box.”
However, regardless of the penalty decisions, Evans believed his side created enough goalscoring opportunities to win the game but couldn’t find the killer instinct to win the game.
“It should have been over in 60 minutes, we should have been three or four up. I’ve just said to Kane and Danny Rose – we can’t have the entries into the box we’ve had week after week now and come in here with one goal to show for it.”
“They’re both disappointed. It’s very hard for Ricky to come on. His touch lets him down a couple of times but he earns us a penalty that’s not given. If we get the penalty there in added time then we probably see the game through and we get the points.”
“Credit to my players, we’ll bounce again. The quality of the football was stunning again, but I just said to the two strikers: you take the plaudits at the football club when you score the goals, our two strikers didn’t perform today.”