Date: 16th December 2013 at 9:58pm
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Manager Graham Westley was very quick to praise the team for their efforts in the two all draw with Port Vale, but the gaffer wasn’t so quick when it came to the officials.

Stevenage had to initially come from behind in the match having gone down to a Myrie-Williams penalty just after the half hour mark, but we equalised with plenty of time spare before the end of the first half, and then took the lead before the break. Having led for large parts in the second half, we were unfortunately undone by a goal a minute from time.

For the gaffer as he spoke to the Official Site he couldn’t praise enough the effort that the boys had put in during the 90 minutes and he pleased to see us play to our strengths throughout the match to really make life difficult for them.

‘I’ve got to say the lads put in a lot of effort today. They played to their strengths, they showed good experience and organisation. It was a pretty strong performance and on the whole.’

Westley goes on to say that he didn’t see them scoring but that would’ve depended on whether we had kept 11 men on the field of play. Admitting that we have to look at discipline owing to the ‘silly’ cards we are picking up, he also points to the card that Roarie Deacon picked up, and then crosses that with the decision the referee made when not booking their player for the foul on the edge of the box, saying ‘decisions just aren’t being made on a fair basis.’

The gaffer was however full of praise for striker Jordan Burrow following his brace on the day, describing him as a ‘brilliant young lad’ who’s a credit to everyone, adding that he believes he’s really going to be ‘one hell of a player.’

Those are the quotes on the official site, however Westley was a little bit more animated when speaking to the BBC following the game.

‘I was staggered by the decisions being made, I’ve got seven yellow cards. We’re going to get another fine from the FA, for what, I don’t know. One of the officials said to me ‘we’re well aware of what’s going on’. And I beg the question what does that mean? What is going on? I’ll tell you, there’s a prejudice amongst the officials that’s going against us. No question about it.’

What’s that? That’s the sound of an unfortunate FA charge isn’t it for simply calling it how he sees it.

Westley clarifies it by saying that the players have said the officials have made comments like that to them previously, but now he’s heard it for himself and he wants something done about it.

He also references the referee’s comments that the penalty was for shirt pulling, but he admits he didn’t know who pulled the shirt. But he was ‘pretty sure it was one of our players’.

Be interesting to see how that one plays out now.