Midfielder Michael Helegbe believes Asante Kotoko were robbed of a victory against Heart of Lions on Sunday.
The champions gave away a late penalty to drop two points at home before an impressive crowd at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.
This was after Kotoko had taken an 82nd minute lead through a well converted penalty by striker Kofi Nti-Boakye.
The Porcupine Warriors were coasting to their first Premier League win of the season until referee Ibrahim Sumaila awarded a contentious penalty to Lions after the tracking-back Ransford Osei was adjudged
to have fouled Maestro Mensah in the penalty box.
Defender Nana Egyir who conceded Lions’ penalty kick stepped up to draw his team level much to the dismay of the Kotoko fans.
But Kotoko midfielder Helegbe insists his side deserved the victory but for the poor decision of the referee.
“We played our hearts out and created a couple of chances. We scored one and didn’t deserve to lose (draw),” he said.
“For me the penalty the referee gave against us was not a fair one.
“Because looking at the distance between the attacker and our player, it shouldn’t have been that decision. The referee really frustrated us.”
Kotoko are now without a win after three rounds of matches in the Premier League.
They next travel to take on Aduana Stars at the dreaded Agyemang Badu Park in Dormaa on Wednesday.