Wrexham boss Parkinson in ‘cheat’ row with Barnet goalkeeper
Wrexham supervisor Phil Parkinson was caught up in a “cheat” row with opposition goalkeeper Laurie Walker on the finish of the Welsh group’s 0-0 draw at Barnet — a outcome which leaves the membership probably two wins away from promotion to the English Football League (EFL).
Wrexham, co-owned by actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, moved to inside seven factors of promotion with a dramatic 3-2 win over closest rivals Notts County on Monday.
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But fellow promotion-chasers Barnet denied Wrexham, who failed to attain for the primary time in 30 video games, after the guests had defender Callum McFadzean despatched off on 51 minutes for a foul on goalkeeper Walker.
Referee Ed Duckworth’s choice to concern a purple card infuriated Parkinson, who challenged Walker after the final whistle at the end of the game.
“[Parkinson] was basically saying I was trying to cheat him,” Walker stated. “But I’m sure you guys could see [McFadzean] came straight through and kicked me straight in the face.
“And that is all I’m going to say on it.”
Parkinson, who now faces a touchline ban for his red card, said that the referee was wrong to dismiss his player, with the club planning to appeal the decision.
“I’m not joyful with the position that the referee performed in the sending off, to start with,” Parkinson said. “I imply that is a tender purple card, it is his trailing leg, there is no actual intent there and for me, [the referee] has received it improper.
“I thought the goalkeeper made a meal out of it in all honesty and obviously, that influences the referee’s decision.
“I’m annoyed for Callum as a result of I assumed he was wonderful, it was his first recreation for a very long time and he performed rather well.
“But the lads have dug deep today. Barnet are a good side and up there in the contention for the playoffs and we’ll take the point. It’s another point on the journey where we need to go to. When you go down to 10 men, a point is good.”
Wrexham can seal promotion by profitable their subsequent two video games — each at dwelling — towards Yeovil on Tuesday and Boreham Wood subsequent Saturday.