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Holloway Bemoans Penalty Decision

27 April 2013

Ian Holloway believed Palace should have been awarded a second half penalty in their 1-1 draw with Blackburn.

The Eagles boss thought Glenn Murray was pushed to the ground as he leapt for header inside the Blackburn penalty area mid-way through the second half.

But referee Philip Gibbs failed to point to the spot – and Holloway said it was the wrong decision. 

The gaffer said after the match: “Do I need to mention the most blatant shove on anyone I've ever seen? Murray's coming in on it to head it, I don't understand what excuses they've got not to see it.

“If that's not a penalty I don't know what is. I just find it pretty sickening really.”

The result leaves Palace in fifth place in the Championship with two games still to play, although they are now without a win in eight matches.

But the manager was pleased with his team's overall performance at Ewood Park.  

Holloway added: “The rest of the game was a good game. Blackburn played their part in a very good game but I thought we were solid, we were in control of things. 

“I had to make a couple of changes because they did tactically, but we were very resolute.

“Generally, I'm a bit bemused how we haven't taken all three points.”

To see the gaffer's post-match press conference in full, see Palace Player on Monday.

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