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Gills boss backs ref in penalty controversy

PUBLISHED: 12:23 28 September 2009 | UPDATED: 14:18 06 July 2010

Gills manager Mark Stimson said he had mixed emotions after seeing his side lose two points at the death on Saturday. Stimson watched his side spurn a number of chances to put the game beyond City, and admitted his star striker, Simeon Jackson, had a poor day at the office, despite slotting home the penalty which gave his side the lead.

Gills manager Mark Stimson said he had mixed emotions after seeing his side lose two points at the death on Saturday.

Stimson watched his side spurn a number of chances to put the game beyond City, and admitted his star striker, Simeon Jackson, had a poor day at the office, despite slotting home the penalty which gave his side the lead.

"I thought for the first 20 minutes we couldn't get near a very good Norwich side," he said.

"They set up a system which really got the ball moving around and we found it difficult. After that we sort of got to grips with it and then obviously taking the lead from another Simeon Jackson penalty was good and then we go in at half-time and just stress to the players, 'don't think about the 10 men - you have just got to go out there and work even harder and we will get opportunities if we keep switching the play, keep passing the ball' and we needed one more to really finish the game off.

"Right at the end when you think time's up the ball looks like it's going out of play, it hits the crossbar and full credit to the Norwich players they've gone in there, put their head in and they've got an equaliser."

Stimson backed referee Paul Taylor over the penalty which saw keeper Fraser Forster red-carded for a foul on Curtis Weston.

"From where we are sitting it is one of those 50-50 ones," he said. "The referee has given the decision so we have to get on with it.

"Curtis said he felt he was touched so he's gone over. Full credit to Jackson for stepping up and slotting away the penalty nicely."

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