‘The referee was conned’ – Colchester United keeper Sam Walker

Crawley striker Izale McLeod is adjudged to have been fouled by U's keeper Sam Walker, which resulte

Crawley striker Izale McLeod is adjudged to have been fouled by U's keeper Sam Walker, which resulted in a penalty. - Credit: Richard Blaxall/Focus Images Ltd

Sam Walker insisted that referee James Adcock was “conned” into making the wrong decision, in awarding Crawley their match-winning penalty in Saturday’s relegation showdown.

Colchester United keeper Walker was adjudged to have brought down Izale McLeod in the box, which enabled the Red Devils striker to covert a 75th minute spot kick and so clinch a vital 3-2 away win.

At the time, it looked a harsh decision with any contact down to a bare minimum.

“For me, it’s not a penalty. He (McLeod) has tackled me – left his knee in on me,” explained a frustrated Walker.

“I’ve completely pulled my hands away – you’ll see that on the footage.

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“We’ve certainly collided. But players are very clever these days – they are very good at conning referees. And I think the referee today was conned,” added Walker.

Earlier, Sammie Szmodics and David Fox had scored for the U’s, on 11 and 49 minutes respectively, Fox’s sublime free-kick making it 2-2.

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But McLeod’s match-clinching penalty has left the U’s in 23rd spot, a distant six points adrift of safety going into the final 10 games of the season.

The U’s entertain basement dwellers Yeovil Town tomorrow evening, in a must-win game for both sides.

See today’s ‘East Anglian Daily Times’ newspaper for a full match report, pictures and quotes from Saturday’s defeat to Crawley.

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