Dean Smith today hit out at referee Darren Deadman over the controversial penalty decision in Walsall’s dramatic Johnstone’s Paint Trophy defeat to Wolves.
With last night’s derby clash at Molineux level at 1-1 in the 63rd minute, the Peterborough official awarded the hosts a spot-kick when he adjudged Paul Downing to have fouled Danny Batth at a corner.
Richard O’Donnell saved Bakary Sako’s effort but the Frenchman converted the rebound and while the visitors deservedly levelled through Troy Hewitt five minutes from time, Wolves went on to win 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out.
Deadman is already well-known to Smith and the Saddlers, having sent off Adam Chambers and awarded a controversial spot-kick in a League Cup defeat to Middlesbrough two years ago.
And when asked about last night’s decision Smith said: “There was nothing to it (the challenge).
“I looked straight at my analyst, who records the games, and he didn’t see anything in it.
“If that’s a penalty, well, there is a coming together in the box from every corner and maybe Mr Deadman should give penalties for every corner which is taken.
“Unfortunately we have got a bit of history with him.”
Smith was delighted with his players and added: “Maybe had the game gone into extra-time we might have won it. It was the hardest draw we could have possibly got but the way we finished was really pleasing.”