REFEREE Brendan Malone was in no position to give the penalty which condemned Fleetwood to only their second away defeat of the season – says Town boss Micky Mellon.
The Fleetwood manager went on the attack after Youl Mawene gave away the spot kick two minutes into injury time at Victoria Road – Sam Williams sending Scott Davies the wrong way to ensure Town left empty handed.
Mellon launched another broadside at the officials – his third in as many away trips – calling into question Mr Malone’s fitness.
He said: “I think there’s not a person in the stadium who thought it was a penalty kick.
“I don’t know how he thought it was a penalty because he was that far away from it because his physical condition permitted that.
“I don’t think he was close enough to give it.
“For him to give it from so far away is desperately disappointing.”
Town had played the better football, dominating the second half but failing to create clear cut chances.
Daggers hit the post in the first half before Williams’ late penalty sealed the points.
But Mellon was full of praise for his team, ravaged by illness and injury – Cutris Obeng, Alex Marrow and Dean Howell struck down by a bug and strikers Andy Mangan, Steve Gillespie and Jon Parkin all on the treatment list.
“I’ve got nothing but pride for my players because I thought we were outstanding on the day.
“We played some good football and I thought we were in total control.
“All we had to deal with was a long punt forward at times and we just had to make sure we got to the first headers.
“But we were the team who were playing all the football.
“I’m speechless that we’ve lost it in the way we have.”
Mellon continued: “It’s a cruel game and we’ve come out with nothing on the end of a bad decision.
“I hope the referee will come out and tell me why that’s happened.
“Because I have to answer to people and tell them why we’ve lost today.”
Despite Jake Reed’s first half effort which came back off the woodwork, Mellon believes Town limited chances for The Daggers.
He said: “There was no great play from them in creating the big chance in the first half.
“It was a big ball over the top and two players went for the ball at the same time.
“They got a lucky glance. That’s not a chance created by them, it’s an error from us. Fleetwood played all the football, that’s for sure.”
And Mellon said he felt ‘gutted’ for his side following their last minute disappointment.
He said: “They’ve done so well and then we’ve been undone by a decision.
“They are a great bunch of lads. They always give me everything they’ve got.
“We’re going to have ups and downs but that’s League Two football for you.
“Every game is different, you sometimes don’t know what you’re going to get.
“They gave me all they had got, at times played some fantastic football.
“There was some good controlled football.
“I’m really distraught, I’m gutted for them.”