John Ward fuming with harsh penalty decision

COLCHESTER United boss John Ward was fuming with the penalty decision that condemned the U’s to another defeat (1-0) at Scunthorpe this afternoon.

The U’s were beaten by a 76th minute penalty from loanee striker Leon Clarke, so condemning them to the worst start to a season in the club’s history.

But it appeared as though Clarke stood on the ball and fell over, rather than be upended by a U’s defender.

It was certainly a bitter pill to swallow for U’s boss Ward, coming just four days after Crawley defender Kyle McFadzean had scored in a 1-1 draw at the Community Stadium with a clear handball.

“It’s a hard one to take when we have lost it on that situation,” admitted Ward.

“We are feeling a little sorry for ourselves at the moment, but with a reason.

“The goals we have conceded have not been down to us in the last two games.

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“I’m reluctant to complain about referees, but they really should get things correct.

“And the last couple of goals that we have conceded have been incorrect decisions.

“We could do with a break, I wouldn’t say ‘no’ to one.

“We’ve got to play better football, but the attitude it OK.

“We are trying our hardest but it is just not happening for us,” added Ward.