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Brown: Dartford keeper should have gone
EBBSFLEET boss Steve Brown felt referee Nick Kinseley should have sent off Dartford keeper Alan Julian after conceding a penalty in Saturday’s 1-1 FA Cup draw.
However, the Stonebridge Road supremo was quick to add the controversial decision was one he quickly accepted even if he didn't necessarily agree with it.
The Dartford stopper sent striker Anthony Cook flying when bearing down on goal with just ten minutes on the clock.
Mr Kinseley awarded Ebbsfleet the spot-kick but Julian was let off with a yellow card and watched the resulting Ben May penalty sail over the bar.
Brown said: “I had an amicable chat with the ref about the decision and he felt it wasn’t a clear goal-scoring opportunity, although I felt the opposite.
“Anthony would have stroked it into the back of an empty net, but he didn’t give it and it’s not for me to stand here and say he should have been on or off the pitch because he stayed on.
“But I did ask the question and he said there were too many ifs to the outcome to send him off.
“Maybe he didn’t want to ruin the cup tie, but I’m not really the kind of manager who stands here and says their keeper should have been sent off and the outcome would be different.
“He didn’t give it and we missed the penalty.
“All I can say is the rest of the cup tie was magnificent but the ref does need to have a little look at that.
“I will have a look at it on my video but ultimately it will make no difference at all.”
Lee Noble had opened the scoring for Dartford on the stroke of half-time.
But Cook popped up with a deserved equaliser in the 65th minute to ensure a replay tomorrow evening at Princes Park, with an away first round proper tie at Salisbury up for grabs.
Brown added: “I think you’ve got to give credit to the players for coming back from 1-0 down.
“Dartford are a good side and when they get their noses in front it can be difficult to break them down, so to get the equaliser and take it to a replay is good.
“But I don’t think anybody would have had any complaint had we gone away 2-1 winners.”
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