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Referee has cost my Stute, blasts angry Connor

Institute 0-3 Linfield

Institute manager Sean Connor
Institute manager Sean Connor

By Colin Speer

Institute manager Sean Connor was annoyed by referee Raymond Crangle's display as his side lost to champions Linfield.

The Stute boss felt that some of the Belfast official's decisions were erroneous and didn't want to talk about the three penalties which were awarded to the Windsor Park side.

"I don't even want to talk about them. It was stupid. S-T-U-P-I-D," he stated.

"You even heard their fans at the end singing, 'Raymond Crangle, he's one of our own' - he must have a season ticket. I'd check that out. I've managed Sligo Rovers and I've managed Bohemians and there's a definite difference if you're a big club when it comes to decisions going for you. After a performance like that, it's easy to pick the players up."

Connor was obviously disappointed with the defeat but was pleased with the overall performance at a bitterly cold Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium.

"I'm really, really happy with our performance because I thought we were magnificent," he added. "That's not a defeat. The belief system and the standards that we set were all there. That's a game that we can chalk off to experience.

"If we play like that every week, then we don't have a problem. Linfield came here and tried to pin us back in the first five or 10 minutes. It didn't work and I'm not saying there was a lot in the game, but our shape was magnificent.

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"We contained them and then the game was ruined.

"I understand he has to give the penalty, but Ryan Morrow doesn't kick out unless something happened to make him do it. The stupid thing was that when he gave the penalty the ball was back at the halfway line.

"If they're going to give penalty kicks like that, then this Irish League is going to be absolutely ridiculous because there wasn't a bad tackle in any one of those penalties."

As for his opposite number, David Healy understood why the Stute boss would have been annoyed but felt his side were deserved winners.

"They will be disappointed with the goals they conceded and I'm sure there will be a few question marks over some of the decisions," he explained.

"I didn't see the second - the sending off and the penalty - but by all accounts it's a moment of madness from a normally composed player and a really steady defender.

"The first one I think is technically a foul. I think there is contact. Joel did try and get up but the penalty was awarded and it didn't matter because Joel gifted them it back. Maybe we felt as if we weren't sure if it was a penalty, let's not score it."

Healy was happy his side got back to winning ways after their heavy loss at Dundalk in the Unite the Union Champions Cup.

"Every Saturday we play it's important to get three points, whether we lost on Monday or won," he added. "It's important we got back to the bread and butter and thankfully we did that - it's a big three points."

Institute: R Brown, R Morrow, Tourish, Curry, Crown, McLaughlin, Bradley (McNamee 56), Grace (Tweed 67), McCauley (Stephenson 81), G Brown, McCready.

Unused subs: Leppard, J Morrow, McGurk, Wells.

Linfield: Ferguson, Casement, Stafford, Callacher, Clarke, Quinn (Mitchell 18), Hery (Allen 74), Fallon, Millar, Cooper, Waterworth.

Unused subs: Robinson, Shevlin, Reynolds, Carroll, Moore.

Man of the match: Hery

Referee: Mr Raymond Crangle.

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