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Warnock: It Was Miles Onside

20 December 2014

Neil Warnock could not believe his side had a goal ruled out for offside at a crucial time of the game when his team would have been right back in the match.


“I have watched it again and it is not just onside it is miles onside and top officials should get decisions like that correct in games being played at this level. The official is in such a bad position to be able to make a decision, the player is right in front of him and surely he can see him as the cross goes over, it just defeats me really. It's times like this that if I was working in the media I could say what I think but I better not at this moment.


“When that is ruled out the game became a five a side knockabout and they cruised to 3-0 and looking at the result it looks a foregone conclusion but it certainly wasn't".


The side started well and had opportunities in the first half to make the breakthrough.


“I was pleased with the way we played and certainly frustrated them and created one or two opportunities at different times of the game.


“I thought if we could get a goal it would have unsettled things as the crowd were nervous. In the second we were guilty of sleeping for their first but when it was 2-0 it was so frustrating to get a 

perfectly good goal ruled out for no reason whatsoever. I feel the players have been hard done by, with 20 minutes to go it would have been game on and we could have had a real go at them.”


On reflection Neil said that once again a decision from an official went against his side but there was still plenty to take from the visit to the north-west.


“We must take out the positives and even though it’s disappointing not to get any points and I'm disappointed for the players because they put so much in and we go away with so little. It is frustrating but I have to hope we will get the rub of the green eventually and I am told it evens itself out over a season so we should get a great second half of the campaign.”


Looking ahead the manager has a busy period of fixtures to prepare for starting with the visit of Southampton on Boxing Day.


“We have to dust ourselves down and get ready for the normal period of games at this time of year. It’s a busy time for players but for me it is what English football is all about, a fixture programme over the festive period is what Christmas is about and I am looking forward to it.”


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