Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock was left shaking his head after the referee failed to give a pair of penalty shouts, resulting in a 3-1 defeat at Selhurst Park to Sunderland.
But he was unmoved on his team’s performance, describing Palace’s play as “cracking stuff” and a “fantastic performance” despite mustering just one shot on target out of their nine overall shots.
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“How we lost that game I’ll never, ever know,” Warnock proclaimed.
“I think everybody knows it’s a penalty,” the 61-year-old said about the penalty shout in the opening 30 seconds of the match. Santiago Vergini brought down Frazier Campbell when the Palace striker was played through on goal, but Phil Dowd was unmoved.
Palace screamed for another potential penalty when Patrick van Anholt scythed down Wilfried Zaha on the edge of the box on the half-hour mark, but Dowd again waved it off. Van Anholt suffered a potentially serious injury on the play.
“We need a bit of luck at the moment,” Warnock said. “I think the only chance we’ve got of a penalty is somebody picking the ball up and throwing it at the referee.”