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Parkinson bemoans ‘terrible’ penalty decision in Wrexham’s 2-0 loss at Accrington

18 Nov 2023 4 minute read
Wrexham manager Phil Parkinson after the League Two match at Accrington. Photo Richard Sellers/PA Wire.

Wrexham boss Phil Parkinson felt his side were hard done by in the 2-0 defeat at Accrington, which saw them slip to fourth place in the League Two table.

The defeat was his side’s first in the league in eight games while Stanley, after two league losses and a midweek extra-time defeat in the FA Cup, returned to seventh spot.

Paul Mullin hit the crossbar for the Red Dragons in the first half but chances were at a premium in front of a full-house at the Wham Stadium.

Accrington took the lead in the 50th minute when Will Boyle was adjudged to have pulled down Brad Hills in the area from a corner.

Tommy Leigh fired home the resulting spot kick, sending keeper Arthur Okonkwo the wrong way.

Stanley made it two in the 73rd minute when Okonkwo fumbled Jack Nolan’s long-range strike and Korede Adedoyin pounced with the ball falling to Rosaire Longelo to fire into the empty net.

After Hills fouled George Evans in the area, Mullin’s 100th-minute penalty hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced out to add to Wrexham’s misery.

“In the first half I thought we did OK,” Parkinson said.

“We played well in patches, but we knew we could do better. We created the best moments but I felt we could go up a gear in the second half.

“The penalty decision changed the game and it gave Accrington something to hang on to and they did it really well and we never got into our rhythm.

“It was a terrible decision. The ball has gone over everybody and out and it’s unusual to give penalty for that. You would see five or six in a game. It was a tiny bit of shirt pulling and was so harsh.

“Then we have to chase the game and leave ourselves open defensively and we never got enough control in the game.

“We have been on an outstanding run. The away games we have had – Notts County, Mansfield, Bradford – and we have come out with flying colours.

“Today was not our day but we won’t get too despondent. There will be knocks throughout the season and we have to come out all guns blazing next weekend.”


John Coleman praised the clinical nature of his  side as they moved back into the play-off places.

“Our fans are delighted to win as there are so many of their fans here but, if you look at it dispassionately and without all the hype, we should be beating Wrexham at home,” he said.

“They have had an influx of money, their budget will be way above ours and they can have two recognised players for each position, but the beauty of Accrington Stanley since I walked through the door is it’s about being rich in passion, pride and desire.

“When we come off it, we are disappointed with ourselves and we have been over the last few weeks.

“Today, we were forced to shuffle the pack with the injuries we had. I said to the lads who came in that they have to be positive, it’s an opportunity they have to grab.”

“I don’t think you could fault any one of our players and give them less than an eight.

“There are always lots of chances made in this league. Keeping them out is vital and we have to be clinical when we get opportunities and thankfully we were.”

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Arthur Owen
Arthur Owen
5 months ago

It seems to me that Wrexham are never beaten,it is just that occasionally the opposition score more goals than they do.

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