O'Neill hits out after penalty sinks Villa

27 September 2009 08:11
Martin O'Neill hit out at referee Mark Clattenburg after a late David Dunn penalty saw Blackburn beat his Aston Villa side 2-1.[LNB]Villa had taken the lead in the third minute through Gabriel Agbonlahor before Christopher Samba had scored an equaliser. Rovers were then reduced to 10-men when Vince Grella was sent-off for two bookable offences.[LNB]Dunn's penalty came with a minute left on the clock after Richard Dunne had handballed. Although O'Neill questioned whether the incident was deliberate on Dunne's part.[LNB]He said: "It's something to do with a new set of directives that if your arm is in an unnatural position you can be adjudged to have handled the ball.[LNB]"But if he had used his head we would probably have won a free-kick because the striker's leg was high.[LNB]"When we got the early start I was hoping to get the ball down and play, but it's difficult. Blackburn played very, very strongly as I expected them to do."

Source: Eurosport