Blues Boss gives his reaction to Walsall defeat
Phil Brown was left rueing Walsall’s late winner which came about in contentious circumstances in the 1-0 defeat in the West Midlands.
Jody Hiwula headed against the underside of the bar in the 88th minute and the ball bounced once before Kevan Hurst cleared, but the assistant referee signalled the ball was over.
However, the decision to award the goal was, in Brown’s view, incorrect.
“You’ve seen commitment personified none more so than the captain,” said the Blues boss.
“I thought Adam Barrett was absolutely outstanding and if there’s one man on that pitch that doesn’t deserve to be on the losing side, it’s Adam Barrett.
“And I don’t think he is on the losing team to tell you the truth because I cannot see the ball crossing the line.
“I cannot see how a linesman can give that.
“Kevan Hurst has cleared it off the line, the ball hasn’t bounced over the line. It bounces on the line and Kevan volleys it off the line.
“Don’t get me wrong, they’ve played some very good football and they’re a very good side. There’s no doubt about it.
“I’m not bemoaning the fact they were the better team than us, but we’ve been unhinged by a poor decision.
“I think the linesman’s been sucked into a great atmosphere.
“He cannot give that and we’ve been beaten by that.”
It was a cruel blow to Blues who had defended resolutely all game.
Dan Bentley was in fine form, denying Romaine Sawyers and co all game, but he was eventually beaten to deny Blues a point.
Brown added they need to sharpen up at set pieces before going on to say there is plenty to play for in the last four games.
“It’s the achilles heel again. That’s 22 goals we’ve conceded from set pieces, 12 I think from corners.
“We’ve allowed a free header in the six yard box for the first time in 88 minutes, but it doesn’t matter. The whistle blows at 95 not 88.
“We’ve been guilty of that all season and it has to change.
“I’ve said to the lads in the changing room, remember what this feels like and remember what you’re hearing out there because we want a bit of this at the end of next season.
“That’s put a nail in our coffin, but the bottom line is, it won’t be a time for us to put our feet up and think we’re on the beach.
“It’s four tough games and four challenges to finish as high up as we possibly can.”