Crucial decisions go against Stimson

BORO boss Mark Stimson was understandably uptight with the officials after Saturday s defeat. Three key incidents went against Boro to ensure their third successive defeat: With Boro already a goal up, new striker Steve Morison had a goal ruled out for of

BORO boss Mark Stimson was understandably uptight with the officials after Saturday's defeat.

Three key incidents went against Boro to ensure their third successive defeat:

With Boro already a goal up, new striker Steve Morison had a goal ruled out for offside when he converted a rebound after Jason Goodliffe's long range shot was saved.

Boro went down to 10 men and were pegged back to 2-2 when their goalkeeper Danny Potter was red carded and Crawley were awarded a penalty.

Potter was challenging Lee Blackburn and the keeper appeared to win the ball cleanly.

Goodliffe was fouled by Jake Edwards before Michael Bostwick grabbed an 83rd minute winner for the visitors.

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Stimson said: "I don't want to be moaning about officials because it always seems like sour grapes.

"As well as the red card, there was also their last goal when Jason was fouled and our one from Steve Morison that was given offside.

"With the penalty though, Barry Fuller and Danny Potter should have dealt with it better."

Stimson was still generally satisfied with the efforts of his team.

"For the first 45 minutes, I thoroughly enjoyed the game.

"It could have been three or four nil at half time.

"We were quietly confident then but we knew Crawley would come back at us.

"At least the players got a round of applause at the final whistle and it showed the supporters appreciated their efforts and the way we tried to play.

"We will get decisions we don't deserve throughout the season.

"We desperately wanted to get our first points on the board but it wasn't to be."

Stimson rejigged his side after the 2-1 defeat at home to York City last Tuesday night.

He continued: "The three new boys (Steve Guppy, David Hicks and Morison) did well and someone like Jason is a born winner.

"Luke (Oliver) is not as vocal as we would like at the moment and he can only learn from playing alongside Jason."

Stimson also praised George Boyd, who starred in a more advanced role after being largely anonymous in the midweek defeat by York City.

"George has got fantastic ability and you have to give him the ball as much as possible.

"It was the perfect opportunity to play him in a forward role and he didn't disappoint.

"Hicks and (Adam) Miller can get on the ball and pass it well to him.

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