By George Williamson
Micky Mellon directed his frustrations at referee Andrew Miller as the official gave Wrexham a controversial penalty in their 2-2 draw at My Racecourse on Saturday.
The Super Whites took the lead early on through Ritchie Sutton, but were quickly pegged back as Scott Quigley bagged the equaliser.
Then came the moment Mellon zeroed in on post-match.
Ritchie Sutton collided with Shaun Pearson in the area, and referee Miller pointed to the spot.
On the incident, Mellon said: “The game’s been decided not by the quality of the outfield players but by the referee again which is hard to take.
“Some big decisions you just can’t get wrong, and that’s disappointing.
“It’s just common sense, I hate the game to be spoiled. You don’t want to see the ref, just two honest groups of footballers go at it 11v11. It’s got to be about the players and fans enjoying watching a game of football.
“If (the incident was a penalty) then we should have had one before.
“I don’t know what he’s seen. What has he seen? My fella (Sutton) has won the ball.
“I hope he takes a look at himself after the game and says ‘did I over-influence the game?'”
Despite his clear frustrations at the quality of refereeing, Mellon praised his players for battling hard for a well-earned point, something he said they’d have taken pre-match.
He said: “We’re more than pleased with a point, you don’t want to go into these types of games and lose it.
“We edged it over the course of the 90 minutes, anyone here with a fair mind would have said that Tranmere were the better side.
“We got into some good positions, we were a constant threat.
“Their goalkeeper made some great, Gordon Banks-esque, saves.
“They all took part in a massive game. Apart from us not getting three points, I couldn’t fault them in terms of performance.
“Every credit to both sets of fans and players, they made it a great spectacle and represented the division really well.”