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SPOT-KICK FURY

9 September 2016

Boss rages as Town lose out in tale of three penalties

An angry Mick McCarthy said it was galling to leave Reading with nothing after Town went down in controversial fashion at the Madejski. 

Harsh looking penalties converted by Garath McCleary and Brett Pitman seemed to have left the points shared until referee Jeremy Simpson awarded a third spot-kick against Jonas Knudsen for holding at a corner and Danny Williams converted in added on time.

“I have to be careful what I say but I’m angry, I’m raging to be honest,” the Town boss told Ipswich Player HD. 

“I don’t think the first one is a penalty. The ball has been kicked at him [Grant Ward] from a yard away. Our one was soft. It’s evened it up.

“Then the guy has run into Jonas at the end and they have played for it. They were appealing for penalties all the time and we’ve been done. 

“Officials have been going on about grappling in the box and I’ve talked to the players about it. Once you are warned, you can’t be doing it but it went on in both boxes all game and he’s just run at Jonas. He’s tried to stand his ground but the lad has played for it.  

“It’s hard to take. It’s galling to be leaving here with nothing again. We deserved a lot more than that. I was delighted with the performance, especially the second-half and I thought we did enough to have won the game. 

“That’s two goals we have had wrongly taken off us, against Wolves and Norwich and now tonight. They say decisions even themselves out over the season, well we are owed a few now.”


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