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Wagner slams officials as “clear” penalty kick overturned

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David Wagner was not a happy man after Huddersfield’s 0-0 draw at Cardiff City on Saturday.

The Terriers dominated the game and thought they had been given the opportunity to score from the penalty spot late in the second half after Joe Bennett brought down Florent Hadergjonaj in the box and referee Lee Mason awarded a penalty kick.

However, Mason consulted his linesman and overturned the decision to award Huddersfield a penalty.

That decision could be pivotal in their season as the Terriers remain bottom of the Premier League table, without a win in nine games and eight points from safety.

“There are four people in black and you have to ask them what was going on. I spoke to the linesman during the match and he said ‘the first incident was not a foul and the second I don’t know’ but I don’t know what he means,” Wagner fumed. “It was clearly a penalty, the video footage speaks for itself and we have not got it. It makes no sense to waste my energy for something like this, but it was a big mistake. I really can’t find the words how this can happen. The fourth official had no idea either, he was as surprised as everyone else was. Decisions like this make tables and seasons. We have had so many decisions against us and I don’t know why. The boys left everything on the grass, and only one team deserved something out of the game. One point is not enough, we needed to win.”

Cardiff’s manager Neil Warnock had a slightly different view on the penalty decision…

“I think it is good there was an experienced linesman. There was not enough contact for a penalty and the linesman made him change his mind. If that had won them the game I would’ve been disappointed,” Warnock told BBC’s Match of the Day.

There is no doubt there was contact on Hadergjonaj and although Warnock stated that the Huddersfield player was lucky to not give away a penalty in the first half for catching Junior Hoilett, he knows that Cardiff got away with one here.

You can count on one hand the times when a referee has given a penalty kick then trusted his linesman to overturn the decision, and in this case there really wasn’t that much evidence to suggest it wasn’t a penalty kick. The contact was clear, although no forceful, and Mason was pretty clear with his original decision.

When you are down the bottom like Huddersfield are, these are the kind of things which go against you and the Terriers can feel hard done by as they dominated the game and if either team deserved to win it was them.

Cardiff held by Huddersfield (video)

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  • Huddersfield end run of 8-straight defeats
  • 1 win in six for Cardiff
  • Terriers remain bottom of table

Cardiff City and Huddersfield played out a tight, tense scoreless draw at the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday as the away side had the better chances and their bad luck continues.

In the second half Huddersfield’s Florent Hadergjonaj had won a penalty kick but referee Lee Mason consulted with his linesman and decided to overturn the decision.

With the draw Huddersfield have 11 points, while Cardiff have 19 points.

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The first big chance of the game fell to Huddersfield as Jason Puncheon fired just wide from distance.

At the other end Nathaniel Mendez-Laing found Junior Hoilett at the back post with a wonderful cross, but the Canadian winger was just put off by Florent Hadergjonaj at the crucial moment.

Huddersfield continued to look bright as Jason Puncheon played in Elias Kachunga but Joe Bennett blocked superbly to deny the Terriers.

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Neil Etheridge then pushed the ball over after Steve Mounie mishit an effort and it spun up into the air awkwardly.

Huddersfield were by far the better team in the first half as Cardiff just couldn’t get going.

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In the second half Huddersfield continued to look sharper in attack as Cardiff couldn’t get anything going.

Puncheon’s shot from distance was headed wide by Sol Bamba and Huddersfield just kept pushing Cardiff back. Callum Paterson‘s deflected shot looped just over as the Bluebirds finally woke up late in the game.

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Huddersfield thought they had been given a penalty kick as Hadergjonaj was pushed in the box by Bennett, but referee Lee Mason consulted with his linesman and they then decided it was not a penalty kick. The contact was minimal but Huddersfield had every right to feel hard done by.

Late on Etheridge denied Laurent Depoitre’s header, as both teams had to settle for a point.

Warnock furious at Liverpool’s ‘lack of class’ in Clyne transfer

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Nathaniel Clyne was supposed to become a Cardiff City player this week — so thought Bluebirds boss Neil Warnock — but instead, the Liverpool right back joined Bournemouth on loan until the end of the season on Friday.

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Warnock, over what he has dubbed “a disgrace and a lack of class” on Liverpool’s part, is stark raving mad.

While we are yet to hear the Reds’ side of the story — perhaps we never will — Warnock version of events paints the current Premier League leaders in a rather unflattering, shady light — quotes from the BBC:

“It’s a disgrace. I was disappointed with Nathaniel Clyne, having known the player and giving him his debut (in 2008, at Crystal Palace).

“I’m not just disappointed with the boy himself, but with Liverpool as well for not ringing me, not telling me.

“To see it on television when I’ve done everything right and they have promised that he is my player this week, it’s a disgrace and a lack of class.”

Clyne made his Bournemouth debut on Saturday, going straight into the starting lineup for the Cherries’ FA Cup defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion.

Spurs sail to win at Cardiff City

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  • Son goal, assist
  • Eriksen scores beauty
  • Kane rejoins Aubameyang as joint goals leader

Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son each had a goal and an assist as Tottenham Hotspur opened 2019 with a 3-0 win over Cardiff City at Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday.

Christian Eriksen also scored for Spurs, who moved back into second place ahead of Liverpool and Man City’s Thursday match. Tottenham is a point ahead of City and six behind the Reds.

Cardiff’s 18 points have them 16th, behind Newcastle on goal differential and three points clear of the Bottom Three.

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Kane prodded Cardiff City into a sloppy concession within 150 seconds of kick off, with a Sean Morrison clearance bounding off Kane’s shin and into the goal.

The Bluebirds answered well… for about 10 minutes. Eriksen scored a classy goal as the clock struck 12, taking a Son pass and setting for the far post before slotting inside the near one. Brilliance.

Son made it 3-0 in the 26th minute, sculpting a Kane assist past the diving paw of Etheridge.

The Cardiff keeper would deny Son a chance at 4-0 in the 66th minute, but neither goalkeeper was under considerable duress in the second half.

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Watch Live: Cardiff City vs. Tottenham Hotspur

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Spurs look to get back on track and return to the Premier League’s second place when they visit Cardiff City on Tuesday at Cardiff City Stadium (Watch live at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

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Cardiff can climb as high as 14th with a win, and will take heart from a close 1-0 defeat at Wembley Stadium earlier this season.

LINEUPS

Cardiff City: Etheridge, Cunningham, Bamba, Morrison, Ecuele Manga, Arter, Gunnarson, Camarasa, Murphy, Paterson, Decordova-Reid. Subs: Smithies, Peltier, Bennett, Ralls, Mendez-Laing, Madine, Hoilett.

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Rose, Winks, Sissoko, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane. Subs: Gazzaniga, Davies, Foyth, Walker-Peters, Skipp, Lucas, Llorente.