O, what an injustice
Date published: 07 October 2013
ATHLETIC'S flabbergasted boss Lee Johnson felt like he had been “mugged” after division leaders Leyton Orient left Boundary Park with a point.
Orient old boy Charlie MacDonald had handed Athletic a precious but deserved lead in the first half, but the visitors headed back to the capital with a draw after Shaun Batt's controversial leveller.
The O's substitute looked a couple of yards offside as he touched home Kevin Lisbie's shot, but the goal was allowed to stand.
A single point meant Athletic slipped to 17th and are now without a league win in their last six games - so it was hardly surprising Johnson appeared a little miffed.
The Athletic boss said: "It doesn't feel like a defeat, it just feels like we've been mugged. It was a fantastic performance from the lads, but again we've been done by poor officiating.
"There's not much we can do about it now, but Batt was offside, he touched the shot, so what can you do?
"We really took the game to them in the first half. We've hit the post, taken a couple of shots from range, and they were getting frustrated because we'd penned them in their own half.
"We scored the goal, and then in the second half you see what's happened, and that's just the way things are going for us.
"I know if we continue with performances like that, though, the results will start to turn.”
Some of our officiating has been really poor this season.
"In 10 games I think six have been drastically affected by poor officiating. They know they got it wrong, but what can you do?”
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