Bristol Rovers manager Ben Garner was left frustrated at how Hull City were allowed to score a pivotal second goal in their 3-1 win at the Memorial Stadium on Tuesday evening.
Garner, who felt his side were worthy of something from the game, was aggrieved that Rovers were not awarded a free-kick in the build-up to Regan Slater’s 73rd minute strike.
Striker Tom Eaves dispossessed Jack Baldwin on the right flank, before crossing for Slater to slot into the net and complete the comeback, with City having found themselves a goal down inside a minute.
"There’s not much in the game at all,” Garner said.
“I think the scoreline is very deceiving at the end with the late goal. We have a great start and get ahead with some really good periods of play.
"We need to be a little more cutthroat in that attacking third. We had a great chance to make it 2-0, we had really good positions at the start of the second half and then it’s a big decision that turns the game.
"Jack Baldwin’s running back, his heels get clipped. You get that given every single time. For some reason, today it’s not given and that turns the game.”
James Daly had capitalised on sloppy defending at the back from City to lash Rovers in front, before Tigers head coach Grant McCann opted to make three changes just shy of the hour mark, sending on Keane Lewis-Potter, Eaves and Slater.
Lewis-Potter was first to net, heading in Josh Emmanuel’s cross four minutes after arriving on the pitch, Slater’s controversial goal came 13 minutes later before Eaves made it 3-1 deep into stoppage time.
Hull City secured three points in dramatic fashion with a 3-1 win at Bristol Rovers after coming from a goal down to move second in the League One standings.
City fell behind early on at the Memorial Stadium after James Daly's strike for the hosts but the Tigers came back in the second half courtesy of goals from Keane Lewis-Potter, Regan Slater and Tom Eaves.
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Despite having much of the play after the opening half-hour, City should have found themselves 2-0, only for Zain Westbrooke to pass up a good opportunity on the stroke of half-time, a moment Garner felt was pivotal.
"There’s a couple of bits of naivety from us that we’re disappointed with, but there’s also that decision that turns the momentum of the game and unfortunately we’ve had several of those this season that have cost us,” he said.
"If you go in 2-0 up at half time I think we go on to win the game.
"That’s not a criticism of Zain, he’s done great to get there but as a team we need to be more ruthless in those situations.
"I’ve said to the players we’re not a million miles away off these top teams in the division.
"Hull have come down from the Championship with a fantastic squad, some really good players and we’ve pushed them all the way. We’re unlucky not to come away with something.
"There’s a lot of positives in there, we think there’s good progress in there and we don’t think we’re far off at all.
"Like I say, naivety on a couple of occasions on our part and a decision that meant we went 2-1 down, and I can’t emphasise enough how much that turns the game."