Johnson cries foul at denial of penalty

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The Yeovil manager, Gary Johnson, is convinced that the referee Dermot Gallagher saved Premiership Bolton from becoming the Somerset club's latest giant-killing victims.

Two late goals gave Bolton Wanderers a 2-0 victory in Tuesday's Carling Cup second-round tie at Huish Park. But the manager of the Glovers said: "We should definitely have had a penalty when it was still 0-0."

Johnson saw Gallagher turn down Yeovil's appeals when their top scorer, Phil Jevons, appeared to be pulled to the ground. He said: "'Jevo' is not a lad who falls over for nothing. He says it was a 100-per-cent penalty.

"Me and my assistant [Steve Thompson] drove four hours up the road to a referee's conference when we were told that any pulling or tugging is definitely a penalty. Then that happens."

The League Two side gave as good as they got for 80 minutes. But two goals by Julio Cesar and Henrik Pedersen gave the win to Bolton, who rested nine of the side who had started against Arsenal the previous Saturday.