Charlton defender Tom Lockyer was at a loss to how Luton Town’s equalising goal was allowed to stand in their 2-1 defeat at Kenilworth Road.

Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu cancelled out Jonathan Leko’s opener in controversial fashion on Tuesday night as goalkeeper Dillon Phillips looked like he was impeded by an off-side Luton player.

Despite Charlton’s protests referee Andrew Davies allowed the goal to stand after consulting his linesman, a decision Lockyer felt needs explaining.

“They’re over protected aren’t they?” he said.

“They (the officials) should be out here saying, explaining their decisions as well.

“The way the goal is not given for off-side is quite frightening to be honest.

“We are in the Championship now!”

The Welsh international confusion and frustration may stem from the discussion he had with the referee.

“I went over and said ‘how is he not offside?’

“He said someone played them on, I asked who, and he said ‘I don’t know!’”

There was an air of controversy over Luton’s winner also.

There were suggestions that Izzy Brown had handled before firing past Phillips, although Lockyer himself failed to see it.

“The second goal, Dill (Phillips) said it hit his arm.

“I thought it was an unbelievable touch but to be fair, I didn’t see the hand ball so can’t blame the officials on that one.

“But the first one, is inexplainable.”

“It hurts, especially when you’re out here trying to put points on the board and you’re getting decisions like that.

“Their (Luton) player has come over and said he’s offside for the first one, and they’ve come over and said it’s hit his hand for the second one.

“So yeah it’s frustrating.”