"Reckless and almost a leg-breaker" - John Pemberton "disappointed" with refeering decisions in Chesterfield's win against Wrexham

John Pemberton said a tackle by Wrexham’s Jake Lawlor on Chesterfield’s Nathan Tyson in the first-half was “reckless” and “almost a leg-breaker.”

Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 9:29 pm

Spireites fans were left frustrated by some of the decisions by referee Karl Evans throughout the game, which ended with the home side scoring a dramatic winner.

Ref Evans denied Town what looked like a clear free-kick on the edge of the box when Tyson was bundled over by Lawlor when virtually clean through on goal just before the half-hour mark.

There was further controversy when defender Lawlor appeared to go in high on Tyson, who was making his full debut for the Blues, just before half-time.

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Chesterfield’s players surrounded Evans and the incident caused Pemberton and Wrexham boss Dean Keates to clash on the touchline.

Lawlor was shown a yellow card for the tackle.

On Lawlor’s tackle on Tyson, Pemberton said: “I think had he been shown a red card I don’t think anyone could have complained because I think it was reckless.

“It was almost a leg-breaker because he had no control of himself. But we did not get it.

“I was disappointed with some of the decisions that went against us today with regards to the referee.

“But we showed character not to let that to affect us.”

There was another flashpoint in the second-half when Wrexham’s JJ Hooper appeared to push Chesterfield’s Will Evans in the face. The incident resulted in both players being booked.

“If I am honest I did not see it,” Pemberton said. “I only heard the shout after but I did not see it so I can’t comment on it.”

He added: “It was always going to be a big game.

“It was always going to be a high-pressure game.

“There was always going to be a little undercurrent behind it because of where we are.

“They have brought a few players in so we were not quite sure what we would be up against.

“All we could do was to try and get ourselves organised and that is why I am trying to do.”