Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Spot the Mistake: Pulis Bemoans Penalty Shout; MIDDLESBROUGH 0 FULHAM 1

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Spot the Mistake: Pulis Bemoans Penalty Shout; MIDDLESBROUGH 0 FULHAM 1

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MIDDLESBROUGH manager Tony Pulis had a somewhat different view to Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic when it came to the crucial penalty decisions in the latter's 1-0 win at the Riverside.

The Cottagers claimed a first victory on Teesside since 1984 courtesy of Oliver Norwood's calmly converted spot-kick in the fifth minute of added time in the Sky Bet Championship game at the Riverside Stadium.

Referee Geoff Eltringham pointed to the spot when Grant Leadbitter made contact with Norwood in the area, but he waved play on when Martin Braithwaite appeared to be pushed to the floor in the area by Tomas Kalas earlier in the second half.

The decisions were crucial after Boro had missed a number of fantastic chances to go ahead themselves. The Teessiders remain two points shy of the play-offs and could have climbed into the top six had they managed to convert their chances with Rudy Gestede, Braithwaite and Britt Assombalonga all guilty of wasting opportunities.

Pulis said: "I am disappointed because I thought we were the better side, especially in the first half when we had three or four chances and Fulham didn't do anything to hurt us. We were the dominant force.

"We didn't play as well in the second half but looking at the Braithwaite penalty, it is a really disappointing decision. We understand and recognise referees will make mistakes but when they affect matches they should be called into question.

"The player falls before Grant touches him. The big thing in the game nowadays is when legs tend to buckle without any challenge being made, which is difficult for referees to get right.

"I am not sure who is in charge of Championship referees but you would love to ask the referee why he didn't give it. It has happened to me loads of times but the disappointing thing is they get a penalty at the other end which was harder to call but he blew straight away, he probably has his reasons why.

"The biggest disappointment is for chances we created, you would expect the players we have in the team to take those chances. …

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