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Warnock: I gave ref wake-up call
Published : 24 Jan 2010 11:53:07
The Eagles boss was highly critical of the Premier League official in the first half, voicing his displeasure on more than one occasion from the touchline. But he felt Foy more than made up for it with an assured display after the interval in a scrappy but entertaining encounter that ended 2-2. "I thought the ref had a poor first half, but as poor as he was in the first half he was as good in the second," said Warnock. "But I think my half-time team-talk did the trick really - I asked him if he wanted some smelling salts. "I didn't think the concentration level was good enough from him in the first half. "We were punished with the first goal." The spirited Championship outfit could count themselves unlucky not to have won the tie outright against a below-par Wolves side. Alan Lee silenced the 14,449 inside Molineux when he headed Palace into the lead as early as the second minute, although David Jones' strike levelled matters before the interval. Darren Ambrose registered his 14th goal of the season in the 49th minute courtesy of a well-taken free-kick. And that looked to be enough to secure Palace's place in the fifth round for the first time in seven seasons. That was until Ronald Zubar salvaged a draw late on with a sublime turn and volley that was fit to win any encounter. Warnock added: "I can't say enough good things about my side - an absolutely incredible little bunch. "We deserve to be in the hat and it will not be an easy game for them down at Selhurst Park." Claude Davis was stretchered off midway through the first half after an innocuous aerial challenge with Sam Vokes. He received around five minutes of attention from as many as 10 medical staff before heading to hospital. But Warnock played down any concerns over a serious injury. "We should know later today, he's had a scan locally and they couldn't see anything wrong with his neck," he said. "But the consultant wants to look at him first before they let him out. "We're hoping he'll be all right." Wanderers, four-time winners of the competition and 11 places above Palace in the football ladder, were edgy throughout and rarely posed the kind of threat associated with a top-flight outfit. Mick McCarthy's seven changes from the side that lost 2-0 to Wigan last weekend may have had something to do with it but he still sent out an XI more than capable of seeing off their Championship opponents. The two sides will go again on Tuesday February 2, and McCarthy said: "It's better than being out of the competition. "I thought we had some chances to win it in the second half and Crystal Palace played well. "We didn't get anything other than what I expected from them. "What I got from us, though, at the start of the first and second half is not what I expect. "We've had to have a scrap, it was a cup tie. "We've had to work harder than necessary just to get a draw." He added: "Of course our best chance has gone but we drew away at Everton, we beat Spurs away and we drew at Stoke. "We want to be in the FA Cup, and we are."