Date: 6th February 2017 at 8:50am
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Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock has blamed the officials for missing two clear penalties in the defeat to Norwich City at the weekend.

Hosting the Canaries at the Cardiff City Stadium for the tie, Cardiff went down one nil on the day to a goal from former striker Cameron Jerome, but as Warnock met the media following the game, his frustration with the non award of two penalties took his focus.

The BBC have him quoted as saying that in many ways the officials handed them the win.

‘On another day we could have had a couple of penalties. I’m disappointed with the penalties, probably seven or eight referees out of 10 would have given them. Both of them, really. I cant accept it.’

Warnock went on to say that the incidents involving Rhys Healey and Kadeem Harris were discussed post game with the referee on the day, but he wasn’t buying into the explanations either.

‘The first one (Healey) the referee said he was 100 per cent sure he dived, but there was definitely contact. Even if he thought that, it’s still not a yellow card. The second one, not in a million years has the ball been deviated, and yet we’ve got a super-human linesman on the far side who spoke to the referee and said he saw deviation. We’re talking about a guy standing 45 yard away!’

Adding.

‘I’ve heard some excuses but I’ve never heard anything like this. The linesman on the far side said the defender got a touch to it, but when you watch again there’s no touch about it. They imagined they got touches.’

As for the overall performance from the side in the game though, Warnock did feel that was a positive and there was little he could be critical about on that front.

‘I am really pleased with the lads and the way they went about their business. We didn’t deserve nothing from the game, there wasn’t a lot between us and a very expensive team. We were just not clinical enough. I think we all know that. But we showed we can compete with a club paying £7 million for players. That is what the level is now. But I am quite pleased with how we are going on. We are growing up a bit. There are a lot of plusses and I am happy with large parts of our game. We just miss creativity and clinical finishing.’

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