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Pilley denies pen claim

18 May 2013

By Tom Bestwick

Chairman Andy Pilley says he is expecting a call from Graham Alexander after making his long awaited debut and gracing the Highbury pitch on Friday.

The managing director of commercial utility supplier BES was a second half substitute against another of his companies Commercial Power but was on the end of 8-3 hammering, and even admits to being on the wrong end of a controversial decision by the referee. “I think I choose the wrong team to play for,” Pilley said. “I was eligible to play for both teams but chose BES but Commercial Power was by the far the better team tonight.” Pilley came on and played 20 minutes of the game at left back. The new defender admitted the left back berth is his least favoured position but gave his all as BES fell to defeat. “It is probably my least favourite position, I am right footed and it is the last place I would choose to play, but I gave it my very best. “There were a few crunching tackles on me, but I enjoyed it. I think 20 minutes was long enough and it was great to grace the Highbury turf.” Town’s chairman was also on the end of a ‘controversial’ decision by the referee after being adjudged to have handled in the box late in the game. It was a decision that Pilley described as shocking. “I thought it was an outrageous decision by the referee. There is no way that I handled the ball and gave a penalty away but such is football. I am going to take that on the chin and hopefully the referee will learn his lesson next time.” With Graham Alexander’s summer plans well underway after making Matty Blair his first close season signing, Pilley believes he has done enough to play into the manager’s plans for next season and earn a contract. “Well, I will wait for the call. Next time my mobile rings and I see Graham’s name, I shall assume it will be to offer me contract.”

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