Spireites: Dean Saunders criticises referee Iain Williamson as Chesterfield held to Colchester United draw

Chesterfield vs Colchester - Dean Saunders - Pic By James Williamson
Chesterfield vs Colchester - Dean Saunders - Pic By James Williamson
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Spireites boss Dean Saunders blasted the officials after watching his side surrending a two goal cushion to draw 3-3 with Colchester.

Saunders was left angry by referee Iain Williamson’s decision to red card Drew Talbot after just 16 minutes for a foul on Marvin Sordell.

“We have had Drew sent off early in the game and have had 10 men for 75 minutes. When you add all the extra time on and everything, between them, the referee and the linesman have killed us,” said Saunders.

“It was not a red card and their player was offside for a start. At the time I thought it was offside, and when I have looked at it later he was offside.

“He has run across Drew and Drew has got nowhere to go and has just gone across the front of him and tangled legs. There was nothing Drew could do.

“But he was offside and how the linesman has not given it I do not know.”

Despite being a man down, it had looked like Spireites would claim all three points after goals from Dan Jones, Lee Novak and Sam Morsy gave them a 3-1 lead with 15 minutes to go.

But, for the second week in a row, Chesterfield hit the self-destruct button by conceding two late goals, with Charlie Raglan’s injury-time own goal equaliser sealing a miserable day at the Proact Stadium.

It was a result that left boss Dean Saunders with mixed emotions as he praised his players for their efforts in overcoming the odds.

“I dont know what to make of it really, its disappointing having being two goals up two weeks running,” he said.

“We have scored three great goals and to concede two goals in the last few minutes is harsh for the players, but the referee has killed us.

“I feel sorry for the lads because they fought and fought. Lee Novak worked his socks off and it’s two weeks now where we have let points slip through our fingers.

“When I look back on it, to get a point with 10 men against a decent team doesn’t look as bad.

“Defending is not our strength, we are good going forward and have got some good attacking-minded players.

“As the game went on we got more and more set in the way we were defending.

“We broke on them and scored three great goals. Byron Harrison has a chance to make it four and it’s game over.

“He didn’t score and they ended up getting a draw.”