Howarth's Way: Manner of victory so valuable for Robins
FOR those of you who were still in the stadium in the 94th minute of our match against AFC Wimbledon on Saturday, I'm sure you must have thought you got value for money!
An injury time winner is always welcomed with the happiest of celebrations but the manner of our late victory I thought was almost more important than the three points itself.
We were given a penalty with a few minutes remaining which gave us the opportunity to give us our first home League Two victory of the season.
Just as Matt Richards was putting the ball on the penalty spot and I'm sure was thinking how he would celebrate winning the match for us, he was not given that opportunity.
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The referee changed his mind after protestations from our opponents in an unprecedented incident in my experience of my years in the game and I'm sure everyone who witnessed the incident was as shell shocked as me.
However, we were able to regroup and score the winning goal through substitute Jamie Cureton.
The whole penalty incident is something that I'm not sure where I stand on it.
The referee gave a penalty. Whether a penalty should have been awarded or not in the first place I am not certain of.
There was certainly a coming together of bodies and there was definitely some pushing involved.
However, the referee gave a penalty and his decision should always be decisive unless he has been advised otherwise by his fellow officials.
As always happens in every match in the country when a penalty has been given the aggrieved team complained about the decision.
After a few minutes of complaints in this instance the referee then changed his mind and reversed his original decision.
He had no help from the fellow officials in reversing his decision.
It would seem he came to the conclusion that his decision was a wrong one by the complaints of the Wimbledon players.
If a referee's decision can be reversed by one team's protests that would appear to send out a very dangerous sign.
If the referee just thought he had made a bad decision in the first instance and felt he should change his mind without any persuasion from any players he is a very brave official.
Whatever the reason for the reversal of his decision it is something that I have not seen before.
Thankfully, we were not left bemoaning the whole incident as we went on to score the vital winner.