CARETAKER boss John Snape admits “fine margins” cost Worcester City dear in their disappointing 2-0 loss to Boston United.
Worcester fell behind to an 22th minute penalty from Adam Chapman despite Ebby Nelson-Addy appearing to foul Harry Vince outside of the area.
But Snape refused to criticise referee Matthew Donohue as he believed City should have done better to stop Boston’s attack.
“There was a push. Whether it happened inside or outside the box, is immaterial now because the referee has given a penalty,” he said.
“I can moan about referees but I am not going to.
“We were the wrong side of the player and he has gone through.
“If we were the other side of the player, he gets blocked off and there is no threat. Our starting position was not good enough and we have talked about that afterwards.
“We do not want it to happen again because it is those fine margins that have cost us.”
After Jordan Murphy’s penalty was saved by goalkeeper Ross Durrant, Louis Briscoe doubled Boston’s lead with a well-taken free-kick on 43 minutes.
“That first goal probably didn’t change our attitude or performance as we have gone up the other end and got ourselves a penalty,” he said.
“Jordan should have scored, but the goalkeeper has saved it, so that is disappointing.
“I felt it (the award of the free-kick) was harsh, but you can’t blame the referee’s decisions for the defeat.
“Was the wall in the right position? We will look at that again on the video, but it was disappointing to concede from a set play as that was all they had in the first half along with a long throw and a couple of corners.”
But Snape admitted Boston “managed the game” better than Worcester who failed to trouble their opponents after the interval.
“In the first five or six minutes (of the second half) we did OK, but after that they slowed us down and kept their tempo,” he said.
“They probably managed the game better than us.
“We lacked quality on a difficult pitch, but when we we did lump it forward just like Boston did they were better at it than us.”