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'We Have Been Robbed' - Martin O'Neill Angry Over Referee Decision

'We Have Been Robbed' - Martin O'Neill Angry Over Referee Decision

Nottingham Forest drew 0-0 with Preston in the Championship on Saturday. Forest did have the ball in the net with 13 minutes to go through Joe Lolley. However, referee Tim Robinson disallowed the goal, deeming that Ryan Yates had fouled Preston keeper Declan Rudd in the build-up.

Speaking to BBC Radio Nottingham after the game, Forest manager Martin O'Neill was angry regarding the decision.

It is the second time in recent days that O'Neill has felt aggrieved about a refereeing decision. He also thought that West Brom had been wrongly awarded a late penalty against Forest during Tuesday's 2-2 draw between the sides.

O'Neill was subsequently proven right regarding that spot kick against West Brom. Dwight Gayle, who was deemed to have been fouled in the box at the time, has since been given a two-match ban for "successful deception of a match official".

"We should have taken all three points," O'Neill said following yesterday's game.

The goal should have stood. I've just seen it back and the keeper spilt the ball, it's there to be fought for and we've put the ball in the net - it should have been a goal.

We have been robbed of all three points again. In a matter of three days, that's four points - a lot to take. A goal is a goal is a goal and it should have counted.

O'Neill said that he had spoken to the referee following the game.

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"I've just seen the referee and, in fairness, he allowed me in before the allotted time. He had not seen it back himself and I just said that he should have a look at it - it is a goal.

"These are points you can't get back, not at this stage of the season anyway. If it was earlier on in the season, you'd just ignore it, get on with it and think things will level themselves up. That's a lot of points [to drop] at this point of the season, in a matter of three or four days."

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