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Reid: Referee no pen pal for Boro.

Byline: Jamie Home Sports Reporter sport@coventrytelegraph.net

BRIAN Reid felt the contentious early penalty awarded to Barnet played a major part in his side's 2-0 home defeat.

Nuneaton Town are still without a win and yet to find the net in four games but Reid felt his side had not had the breaks from referee Lee Swabey.

Swabey awarded a penalty against Anton Brown from Andy Yiadon's cross allowing Charlie MacDonald to score the first of his two early goals from the penalty spot.

"I told the ref he has to be 100 per cent of a decision but it's given them a lift and goals change games," he said.

"But were are really not getting the rub of the green at the minute.

"Crossbars, chances going astray, hitting people and getting cleared, but we need to stick together and we will do that and I'm very confident we can turn this around."

Reid also lamented not being able to pick from a full squad, including two of the three new players brought in last week.

"You hope to put your strongest team out if you can but the balance was not quite right," said Reid, who opted for a more familiar 4-4-2 formation to the one of 5-3-2 in previous games.

"We had a few injuries, Gavin (Cowan), Ex (Exodus Geoghan), but overall it was a little more encouraging but still a defeat.

"The 4-4-2 was OK, it's not ideal changing it and players having to play out of position because we are short of numbers.

"But when we have everybody back fit and available we'll have a decent strong squad and hope a better balance and hopefully a wee bit of luck wouldn't go astray."

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