Okuonghae felt Cuthbert was fouled for stoppage time penalty

Magnus Okuonghae in action against Barnet
Magnus Okuonghae in action against Barnet

Hatters centre half Magnus Okuonghae felt skipper Scott Cuthbert had been fouled before gifting Barnet a stoppage time penalty at The Hive on Monday afternoon.

There seemed little trouble for the captain to repel Andy Yiadom’s deep free kick with seconds remaining, but he got his clearance all wrong, with the ball striking his outstretched arm.

However, Okuonghae thought Cuthbert had been impeded by the opposing attackers, something he felt referee Graham Salisbury failed to stamp out throughout the 90 minutes, saying: “I think it’s a handball, but I think he’s been pushed and don’t think it was the first time.

“There was a lot of hustling and roughing up going on that the ref probably let slide, but in the box it’s costly.

“It’s a free header, he’s going to head to the ball, it looked to me like someone’s given him a little push in the back, which has forced the ball to hit his hand.

“But these things go for you and sometimes they go against you.”

“I think it’s a handball, but I think he’s been pushed and don’t think it was the first time.”

Magnus Okuonghae

When asked about the penalty decision, boss Nathan Jones didn’t blame his skipper who has been excellent in recent matches, as he felt the free kick should never have been allowed to reach him, saying: “It was a pen, and just one we didn’t set up correctly quick enough from the set-play because we should have had someone in front of that, we didn’t.

“But Scotty’s been brilliant, it’s just a bad decision, one of those things that happens, sometimes a rush of blood then straight away ‘what have you done?’”

Meanwhile, goalscorer Cameron McGeehan added: “I think it was blatant and a bit unlucky, as it’s not what we needed at that time of the game.

“But Cuths will come again strong, he’s been excellent since the new manager came in and has been vital on this run defensively.

“It was just a mistake but we’ll get on with it and we all make mistakes.”