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PD: It Was Not A Penalty

18 September 2013

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Manager Paul Dickov was visibly disappointed with the decision to award Watford a penalty late in the game.

That decision cost Rovers a point with Lewis McGugan slotting away the spot kick after James Husband was adjudged to have committed a foul in the penalty area. 

Paul admitted that the challenge was a foul, however it was clear to see it was committed outside of the 18 yard box.

“It was not a penalty,” he said.

“We thought that at the time and after seeing it again, not just once but various times from different angles, I just don’t see how the referee can make that call with just a couple of minutes left to go. 

“It’s outside the box.

“The linesman has flagged for a foul, which it was, he’s in line with it and the referee has got the perfect view of it – to give a decision like that at that point of the game is really disappointing.

“Nine times out of ten your first reaction is the right reaction. 

“We didn’t feel it was a penalty. I could tell by young James’ reaction that it wasn’t. 

“As soon as I saw the linesman flag for a foul at no point was he going to give a penalty –we feel hard done by.

“We came here, knowing that they were a good team, and we defended for our lives. 

“The one thing I don’t mind is getting beat but getting beat in that manner is a little bit sickening at the minute.”  

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