While admitting his team were second best on a dismal day at Milltown against Warrenpoint, Ballymena United manager Glenn Ferguson hit out at the officials for what he felt were bad decisions that led to both goals in a 2-0 defeat.
Daniel Hughes scored both, the first from the penalty spot after referee Ross Dunlop adjudged Mark McCullagh to have fouled Ciaran O’Connor and the second from a swift counter attack with a classy finish from the in-form striker for his 11th goal of the season and Ferguson was far from happy with the displays from the officials or his own team.
“We had a couple of half chances but Warrenpoint had more chances than us,” moaned Ferguson.
“The way the game was going, it looked like it was going to pan out a dour 0-0 draw because they were missing chances and we missed a couple but then I think the referee had had a howler giving them the penalty.
“I don’t think it was ever a penalty, never in a month of Sundays.
“That gave them the impetus to push on and we had to change our shape to try and get something out of the game. We were caught again and the linesman has made a mistake because the guy was offside.”
“But those two decisions didn’t make us lose the game today. The way we played and the way we went about our business was all wrong. Warrenpoint deserved to win.
“When it’s 0-0 and things aren’t going your way, you hope to get a point out of it but then two big decisions go against you.”