Chesterfield manager Jack Lester questioned the decision to rule out Louis Reed’s goal, after the Spireites went down 2-0 to Carlisle United at Brunton Park yesterday.
Goals from Kelvin Etuhu and John O’Sullivan gave the hosts the victory, but the controversial moment came in the 71st minute, when after Andy Kellett’s corner was headed clear, Reed struck a fine volley into the corner of the net, only for it to be disallowed for offside against a Town player.
Speaking about the decision, as well as a tackle by Gary Liddle on Reed that resulted in a yellow card, Lester told iFollow: “They said number 23 was offside, we haven’t got a number 23 in the squad, so it was clearly a goal.
“There should’ve been a red card on Reedy in the first half, he’s gone over the top, Reedy’s probably going to be injured now.
“He’s got a kick high up on his foot, you know what you’re going to get with Reedy (in that he carried on), but it’s no good for us that, we should’ve been playing against ten and they disallow a goal against a number that’s not in the squad.
“It was a massive moment in the game, we’ve had a legitimate goal chalked off. It’s pivotal and it’s not good enough, you can’t just be playing around at these decisions.”
Lester made three changes to the side that lost to Cambridge United in midweek, with Sid Nelson, Jak McCourt and Josh Kay coming into the side in place of Laurence Maguire and injured pair Giles Coke and Louis Dodds.
Those changes meant a change in formation for Town, who opted to play a 4-4-2 diamond.
“We lost Zavon and Doddsy on Friday, while we’ve also lost Dylan Mottley-Henry, so we’ve lost three wingers in three days,” Lester explained.
“It (the performance) was ok it was a bit of a scrappy game, I thought we could’ve landed on the second balls a bit better.
“We didn’t get enough from the front two, when you have two up front you need to be winning headers and getting flick-ons more than we did today.”
The injuries to January signings Dodds and Hines mean that there are now 11 first team players missing through injury, further adding to Lester’s frustration. Though there was better news in Cumbria, in that Nelson and Kellett both returned to action after missing the Cambridge match.
“Zavon’s got a knee injury and Doddsy did his calf,” Lester explained. “Dylan needs a hernia operation and Giles has done his hamstring. Drew Talbot still has his hamstring injury and we hope to have Evo [Ian Evatt] and Hirdy [Sam Hird] back at some point – we’ve been absolutely crippled by injuries.
“Kells [Kellett] trained at the back end of the week and made himself available, while Sid has recovered from an injury which we thought would keep him out for a couple of weeks.”
Next up for the Spireites is a home clash with Swindon Town next Saturday 3pm, one that has taken on greater importance following yesterday’s loss.
“We have to go on a good run,” Lester added. “We’re very capable of winning the game.”