Kozluk: Ref's decision cost Tykes

23 April 2009 10:28
Rookie referee Steven Cook adjudged Kozluk to have handled Freddy Eastwood's stoppage-time volley after consulting with his linesman, but the Tykes full-back insists the ball hit his ribs. Elliott Ward converted the spot-kick to deny Barnsley two crucial points at the Ricoh Arena in their scramble to avoid the drop.

Kozluk told BBC Radio Sheffield: "The ball came across and I could see that Eastwood was going to stick it in. It hit me in the ribs. I can see a ball mark in my ribs.

"I went over to the linesman and saw him signalling for a penalty. I showed him where the ball had hit my ribs. The referee asked the linesman whether it was a penalty, he said 'I think so'. I told him that it is our livelihoods at stake from a decision like that.

"You can clearly see the ball mark on my ribs. I have never been as distraught after a game in my life. We were a minute away from a four-point gap on Norwich, but we have to pick ourselves up and go out and beat Wolves.

"I hope the referee looks back at that decision because that cost us."

Source: Team_Talk