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Gillingham manager Justin Edinburgh felt referee Rob Lewis denied his side a clear penalty against Sheffield United

Gillingham manager Justin Edinburgh felt his side were denied a clear penalty at Sheffield United.

The game ended goalless, with the Gills unable to create many clear-cut chances, but they were denied a scoring chance when Luke Norris’ shot was blocked on the line.

Edinburgh reviewed the incident – their second penalty claim of the half - after the game and was adamant the shot was handled.

Justin Edinburgh looks on at Bramall Lane Picture: Barry Goodwin
Justin Edinburgh looks on at Bramall Lane Picture: Barry Goodwin

He said: “It was certainly a blatant handball on the line, arm to ball, he (the referee) and his linesman quite clearly saw it.

“The linesman was quick enough to stop him giving us the first one and then I don’t know why he hasn’t got involved in the second, but these things go against you sometimes.”

Earlier the Gills had been denied a spot-kick when Andrew Crofts was tripped on the edge of the box.

Edinburgh said: “I reviewed that and the first contact was just outside the box, he carries on and goes down, that one is fine, but it was a blatant handball, the guy has handled it on the line and it’s a penalty and a sending off.”

Edinburgh described it as a “valuable point” in what was a physical encounter at times.

The manager said: “It’s a very tough place to go and earn the right to get that point. They have had three consecutive home victories.

“In the end we could have gone on to win the game.

“It was a competitive encounter, nothing more than that, it was two teams going at it in the right manner, no qualms from myself. It was a well hard-fought point.”

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