Dagenham & Redbridge keeper Mark Cousins explains why referee Samuel Allison was right to chalk off Maidstone United goal
PUBLISHED: 16:00 01 March 2017
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Daggers stopper involved in moment of controversy midway through second half
In his first National League start of the season, Dagenham & Redbridge keeper Mark Cousins was probably hoping for a trouble-free night against Maidstone United.
Instead, the stopper saw an unstoppable Joe Pigott half-volley fly past him in just the sixth minute, while Delano Sam-Yorke slid the ball under Cousins late on after gliding far too easily through the Daggers defence.
There was also a huge moment of controversy midway through the second half when Pigott appeared to have rounded Cousins for his second.
However, after what seemed an age with the ball already replaced on the centre-spot, the goal was eventually disallowed by referee Samuel Allison.
And in his own words, Cousins tries to explain exactly what happened and why the referee, after consulting his linesman, was right to rule the goal out.
“The lads had been telling me that the referee was telling Pigott to get away,” said the 30-year-old.
“The referee has then turned away and looked for where I was kicking it, rather than the ball.
“He didn’t see what happened and Pigott was right in front of me, trying to block my kick and it hit him.
“Luckily for us, the linesman was on it and told the referee Pigott was standing right in front of me and it’s not fair.
“A few minutes earlier, Paul Benson had been told to step away from their keeper when he was kicking it, so we were looking for consistency and eventually we got to the right outcome.”
On the whole, Cousins will have been bitterly disappointed to concede two goals when handed his big chance, having patiently bided his time on the bench this season.
Despite his time as a substitute, the former Colchester United stopper would have been ready and able had been called upon earlier in the season.
And it’s good that’s the case, as he revealed he was only told he would be starting once he arrived for the match.
“The start came as a bit of a surprise, I was only told when I turned up, but it was a disappointing result, especially at home,” added Cousins.
“It’s always disappointing to concede, but again we didn’t score, which seems to be becoming our forte at home – we’re not taking our chances and getting punished.”
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