Jones angry with referee Friend

27 November 2010 07:45
Cardiff City boss Dave Jones criticised referee Kevin Friend for not awarding them a late penalty in the 2-1 defeat at leaders Queens Park Rangers. Top scorer Jay Bothroyd was brought down in the box by QPR's Matthew Connolly as Cardiff were chasing an equaliser, but no spot-kick was given. [LNB]The win for QPR opened the gap on second-place Cardiff to five points. [LNB]"How can the referee not see it? And if he doesn't see it, how can the linesman not see it?" asked Jones. [LNB]"They're the big decisions that matter in tight games like this. [LNB]"Everybody in the stadium could see it was a penalty. The reaction of the QPR players tells you that. We feel hard done by. [LNB]"I went to see him (the referee) about it afterwards and he asked if I was questioning his integrity. I was questioning his decision. [LNB]"Referees have got to be better in games like this. Was the game too big for him? That's for the referee's assessor to decide." [LNB]But QPR boss Neil Warnock had a different view. [LNB]"I thought the referee had a good game," he said. "What Dave's saying is deflecting from the result, and we deserved to win that match." [LNB]Jones disagreed believing a draw would have been the fairest result. [LNB]He added: "It was an even game and both teams deserved to get something from it. [LNB]"We probably should have, as we had a lot of chances in the second half. [LNB]"The decisions were the difference between us getting a point and not. [LNB]"It's a kick in the teeth but we were behind QPR and caught up with them before, and we'll have to do it again."

Source: BBC_Sport