Blue Square Bet
Published 16th April 2012
....Blue Square Bet South on Saturday which saw a two-goal lead on 85 minutes converted into defeat, claiming missed chances costs his side who should have put the game to bed long before that at Melbourne Stadium.
The Clarets had moved in front through Jamie Slabber on 6 minutes then Cliff Akurang on the stroke of half-time. But a Charlie Griffin penalty 5 minutes from time, which also saw Chelmsford’s Ben Nunn dismissed, triggered an incredible fight-back which saw the visitors rattle in two more courtesy of Marvin Williams and Abdulai Bell-Baggie in the 92nd and 96th minutes respectively.
Dover Athletic and Basingstoke Town won elsewhere, meaning Dover are two points behind fifth-placed Chelmsford with two games each left to play, while Basingstoke have a five-point gap to make up with four fixtures remaining. Pennyfather will now be eagerly awaiting Basingstoke’s midweek result at Havant & Waterlooville, where dropped points would put the play-off chase back into City’s hands.
“We’ve dominated the game,” Pennyfather reacted. “We were 2-0 up and should have been more goals in front, but we’re cruising. They’re not causing us any problems whatsoever. Then there was one ball forward and it’s snowballed from there - they’ve robbed us. I’ve seen some things in football, but right now I’m devastated.”
Pennyfather recalled Adam Tann to the centre of defence as captain, replacing Justin Miller, and he continued: “I don’t think we did much wrong today but the sending off ignited it all and left us in a precarious position. There’s no time for us to feel sorry for ourselves, football doesn’t allow you to do that and I’ve said that to the players. What’s done is done and we can’t do anything about it.”
Pennyfather highlighted the fixtures Chelmsford have left to claim points from, adding: “We’ve got two massive games coming up against Eastleigh and Woking, who won’t give us an easy ride. The other sides have got to win their games and we’re now relying on Basingstoke dropping points. We’ve shot ourselves in the foot on Saturday.”