Midfielder Josh Staunton was disappointed at the decision to disallow what would have been his first Yeovil Town goal today.

He thought he has put the Glovers ahead after 15 minutes of the 2-0 defeat to Chesterfield only for the goal to be disallowed for a foul on visiting keeper Scott Loach.

The decision came just moments before the Spireites broke down the other end and opened the scoring through an own goal by hosts’ stopper Grant Smith.

Josh Staunton.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Speaking after the match, Staunton said: “I thought the goalie just dropped it, to be fair, but they were saying he got hit from behind.

“Goalkeepers are often quite well protected and then they went up the other end and scored with an attack where it has hit the post and come of Granty (Smith) and gone in.

“So that swung the momentum massively in their favour and it just carried on that way in the first half.

Asked about the decision, Yeovil manager Darren Sarll said the foul was “a bit soft.

He said: “It is really difficult in real time, but I did not see arms (raised) I just saw Max Hunt trying to head the ball. It looked a bit soft but goalkeepers get looked after quite a lot these days.”

However, neither Sarll and Staunton had any complaints about the result and praised Chesterfield for their performance in both boxes.

The manager said: “Teams that win leagues have quality in the boxes and I thought Chesterfield were very good in the boxes today.

“I don’t know the numbers of chances compared to ours, but their defending at set plays was very strong and they have that strength of character and physique.

Staunton added: “You win and lose games inside the boxes and today (Chesterfield) were better than us in both boxes.


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