AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley will be re-examining the performance of referee Gavin Ward after last night’s goalless draw at Cambridge.
It was a tale of two penalties at the Abbey Stadium as Adebayo Akinfenwa and Robbie Simpson both failed to find the net from 12 yards.
Cambridge’s spot-kick was awarded for handball when Sammy Moore was adjudged to have stretched out an arm to block Ryan Donaldson’s effort in the box.
However, Ardley questioned the decision to penalise his midfielder for handling the ball and will be taking a look back at the video evidence before drawing a full conclusion.
He told Dons Player: “I thought it was an exceptional save. I need to see the footage again though before I can really comment because we’ve had a few issues with this referee in the past, Bristol Rovers away a couple of seasons ago, and I need to have a look at it.
“We got told in a referee’s meeting at the start of the season that handballs in the penalty box, unless they’re deliberate, won’t be given. When somebody blasts the ball at your guy’s hand from a yard away it seems harsh that it’s anything but an accident.
“Everyone in the dressing room is disappointed. Sammy Moore came in and was the old Sammy Moore. I was delighted with everyone. I thought that in open play we were much the better team. They carried a threat from set-pieces, but I was delighted with our boys.
“It was a high level of performance. I cannot fault them and the only thing I was disappointed with is that we did not get a goal from one of the numerous great positions that we got ourselves in. I thought we were excellent.”
Ardley also felt his team, who are back in action at Hartlepool on Saturday, might have been awarded a second spot-kick when a Jake Reeves shot appeared to have been handled.