Martin O'Neill Annoyed By Controversial Penalty Which Cost His Side Victory

Martin O'Neill Annoyed By Controversial Penalty Which Cost His Side Victory

West Brom were awarded a controversial late penalty which denied Nottingham Forest victory at the Hawthorns on Tuesday night.

Forest led 2-1 late in the game when West Brom striker Dwight Gayle went down in the box. Referee Lee Mason awarded a penalty which was scored by Jay Rodriguez.

Replays later showed there was little to no contact between Gayle and Forest defenders Yohan Benalouane and Alexander Milosevic.




"First of all I appreciate the referees have the most difficult tasks - more so than ever before, when there are cameras everywhere," Forest boss Martin O'Neill said following the game.

I’ve just spoken to Lee, he said he thought the player was caught. He was in a really good position at the end of the day, and that’s the way it goes.

It certainly looked like a dive, I’ve seen it back twice from a rather long lens angle and not on TV but everyone I have spoken to says it was a dive.

In this day and age, it’s very difficult for a referee, harder than it’s ever been.

It would have been great to have won the game, away from home against a side looking for automatic promotion.

Last night's result leaves Forest ninth in the table, five points outside the playoffs. Since taking over as manager last month, O'Neill has guided his side to two wins, two losses and last night's draw.

West Brom are fourth in the Championship, six points behind leaders Norwich.

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