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Angry Town made to pay the penalty.

REFEREE David Hutchinson won few friends among Town fans as the Terriers lost 2-1 at Barnsley in the old Division II.

He was no stranger to controversy, as Examiner football writer Paul Clark explained: "The man who refereed the riot-torn FA Cup-tie between Luton Town and Millwall was in the thick of it again.

"At Kenilworth Road the ugly, shameful scenes were beyond his control.

At Oakwell, however, the controversy - this time very much on the pitch - was of his own making.

"The Harrogate police inspector made two decisions - crucial decisions - which cost Town any hope of the point they should have at least claimed.

"In the first half he refused to award Mick Buxton's side a penalty - I haven't witnessed a clearer-cut spot kick claim this season - and then, in the second half, he compounded the error with another astonishing ruling.

"This time, with only five minutes of the match remaining, Hutchinson gave Barnsley a penalty which should never have been.

"Barnsley, naturally enough, were happy to convert the unexpected gift and were soon celebrating victory.

"Both incidents left a sour taste. The injustice was very hard to accept." Few could believe Town hadn't been awarded a penalty when Daral Pugh was tripped inside the box on 29 minutes.

For Barnsley's penalty, Sam Allardyce - now manager of Blackburn - was adjudged to have tripped young striker Steve Agnew, who many believed to have dived after already handling the ball.

Roger Wylde scored from the spot to give Barnsley the points, adding to the earlier goal by Ron Futcher..

Town's goal came five minutes before half time with a stunning volley from Phil Wilson.

Pugh's corner was only half cleared and Wilson, lurking menacingly on the edge of the box, fired the ball high past the right hand of goalkeeper Clive

Baker. After that, Town always looked the more likely winners until that cruel late penalty award against them.

The Town team was Cox, Measham, Carmody, Doyle, Webster, Allardyce, Lillis, Pugh, Robinson (Liam), Wilson, Cowling..

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
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Date:Apr 14, 2009
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