Hodgson rues penalty denial

07 December 2008 11:17
Fulham manager Roy Hodgson felt his side were unlucky not to pick up three points against Manchester City after being denied a penalty in the 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage. Jimmy Bullard's first Premier League goal of the season cancelled out Benjani Mwaruwari's opener for the visitors. But before Bullard struck the 27th minute equaliser, the Cottagers were aggrieved after City captain Richard Dunne appeared to stop Andy Johnson from cutting inside by using his arm to flick away the ball in the penalty area. "We can obviously complain about the penalty not given but Man City worked hard for their point and we were not good enough to get all three," said Hodgson. "That is probably the hand moving to the ball, so we are a bit unlucky not to get that, although the referee was in a difficult position to see it. "It's another unbeaten game, we can take heart from that and we'll take heart from coming back from a goal down. "I thought we started very poorly and paid the price for that by going a goal down, but after that we did really well and came in at half-time deservedly 1-1. "In the second half we cancelled each other out quite a bit."

Source: ESA