Garner: "The penalty decision changes the game"

Ben Garner

Ben Garner felt his side were going to go on and win the Addicks clash with MK Dons before the 66th minute penalty award for the away side and the resulting dismissal of Ryan Inniss.

Charlton, unbeaten in five, had started the second-half brightly before the controversial game-changing decision, with MK Dons capitalising and winning the game 2-0.

Speaking to CharltonTV, Garner said: “I think in the first half we were ok but no better than ok. I thought at the start of the second half we were really good. We started the half really well, created some good opportunities – didn’t get the goal when we should of done, we had the ascendancy and then the penalty decision changes the game.

“I said to the ref at the end of the game ‘are you 100 per cent sure it was a penalty?’. He said ‘yes, definitely’. I’ve just seen it, it is two yards outside the box and it is not even a foul. The free kick that they get the second goal for, is not a foul. Unfortunately the game has been ruined on that note but for the amount of possession we had, we didn’t create enough. We didn’t have enough cutting edge tonight. We need to do better but if it stays 0-0 and goes into those closing stages, I still would have had my money on us winning the game rather than them and it has changed on those decisions.

“It's easy to complain at the decisions and that has changed the game but for me, we need to play better than what we did. There was good elements, there was good periods of control, the start of the second half and if we’d have kept that going, we’d have gone on and won the game for sure.”

Tyreece Campbell was substituted at half-time with a minor injury, Garner explained: "It was just impact, so it shouldn’t be too bad. It was just stiffening up, so we took him off at half time."

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