Morecambe manager Stephen Robinson has claimed Charlton defender Chris Gunter should have been sent off in last night’s 2-2 draw at the Mazuma Stadium.
The Addicks had raced into an early 2-0 lead through Diallang Jaiyesimi and Conor Washington. But crucially the Shrimps were handed a lifeline when Gunter grabbed Cole Stockton inside the penalty area, the striker converting from the spot.
Gunter, who replaced injured club captain Jason Pearce in the starting line up, was cautioned.
Robinson said: “The goal came very quickly from Cole and, for me, it should’ve been a red card. I’m not sure how the referee explains that he tried to play the ball when he pulls him down. That changes the game completely. We can’t rely on referees, the boys have had to rely on themselves all season.
“We had to come from two-nil down against a very good side. Two individual errors that it’s very difficult to legislate for, but they showed tremendous character, the boys that made mistakes showed character as well.
“It was a performance that deserved at least a draw. We limited them to shots from long range and we allowed them to have areas of the pitch to build and press them. When we stepped toe-to-toe with them in the second half, the game probably could’ve went either way.
“We didn’t have loads of options on the bench in terms of attacking-wise. The two full-backs were excellent with their one-v-one defending. We defended set-plays well.
“We’re probably the ones that everyone want to play, but we’re proving a few people wrong. We’re playing with confidence, we score goals and we’re quite exciting to watch.”
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