TWO contested penalty decisions – one given, one not – were at the centre of Argyle’s second-half fightback against Bury at Gigg Lane.After conceding twice in the Sky Bet League 2 game’s opening 15 minutes, the Pilgrims had much the better of the second half and forced their way back into the game when Reuben Reid scored a penalty after he had been fouled.
Argyle had a second, bigger, shout for a penalty soon afterwards, when Nathan Cameron clearly handled the ball under pressure from Reuben, but referee James Adcock failed to call it and Bury ran out 2-1 winners.
Bury were not happy with the first penalty award, which came when Reuben clashed with his former Rotherham team-mate Pablo Mills.
Reuben said: “He’s clipped me – he said he clipped me – but he believes it was outside the box. Regardless of that, we got the penalty.”
However, Reuben and his team-mates were astounded not to win another spot-kick after Cameron’s indiscretion, with Argyle’s leading scorer getting booked for his protestations.
Reuben said: “Just as I’m about to shoot – I’ve held him [Nathan Cameron] off – he’s tapped it back to the ’keeper with his hand. It should have been a penalty and a red card. How the referee has failed to see that, I don’t know.”