Birmingham manager furious with Yeovil - despite being given 'free goal' in Capital One Cup tie
Lee Clark makes complaint after Yeovil score 'unsporting' goal to take tie to extra-time
Wednesday 28 August 2013
Birmingham have written to the Football Association over the controversy in Tuesday night's Capital One Cup second round tie at Yeovil, Press Association Sport understands.
Blues were leading 2-1 in injury time at Huish Park when Yeovil's Byron Webster lobbed the ball into an empty net after Birmingham goalkeeper Colin Doyle had kicked it out of play following an injury to Blues defender Dan Burn - with City manager Lee Clark furious the ball had not been given back.
Glovers boss Gary Johnson admitted he told his team to play on having grown frustrated this season by potential time-wasting tactics, although he apologised to Birmingham after admitting Yeovil's "ungentlemanly" behaviour.
Blues eventually held their nerve to win 3-2 in a penalty shoot-out after the match finished 3-3 following extra time, but Clark still vowed to lodge his complaints about the controversial incident.
And it is understood a letter has today been sent to the FA's regulatory board although in the firm knowledge that no rules have been breached, with Clark keen to now draw a line under the matter.
Speaking immediately after Tuesday night's match, Clark said: "I might be wrong but my parents made me grow up to be a good sportsman - win, lose or draw.
"I'm going to go down the right channels to complain. I think something has got to be done."
With the scores level at 2-2 after 90 minutes, Yeovil moved ahead in extra time through Luke Ayling but then immediately allowed the visitors to walk in an unchallenged equaliser from Lee Novak as compensation.
Tom Adeyemi's penalty in the shoot-out took the 2011 League Cup winners into the third-round draw.
Speaking after the match, Johnson called upon referees to look at incidents in which teams kick the ball out late on in matches for their own player to receive treatment.
"I apologised to Lee Clark at half-time in extra-time because, on reflection, it was ungentlemanly," he said.
"However, we get a bit fed up of teams kicking it out for their own players here when we're trying to get a goal back.
"I wanted us to play on but I didn't expect the Birmingham side to stand still, and didn't expect Byron to hook a goal in.
"I think people should look at this. How many teams are going to kick the ball out for their own players in the last minute?
"It's happened to us for the last three games. I had this gremlin in my head that said play on, but I didn't expect the series of events to follow.
"I apologise to the Birmingham fans, staff and players, but this kind of thing is happening too often at the minute."
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