Dean Ashton has disagreed with Martin O’Neill’s opinion that Nottingham Forest deserved to take all three points from their 0-0 draw with Preston North End.
Joe Lolley thought that he had scored the winner for Forest in the second half but the referee ruled the goal out due to an alleged foul on goalkeeper Declan Rudd by Ryan Yates.
Forest’s second draw in a week left O’Neill fuming.
The manager, per Lancashire Live, said after the game that “we have been robbed of all three points again”.
However, Ashton, who played over 50 games in the Championship between spells with Norwich City and West Brom, disagreed with O’Neill.
“My first instinct is that it’s a foul by Ryan Yates,” he said, again per Lancashire Live, on Quest’s Football League highlights show.
“I think it’s a free-kick because he doesn’t get any of the ball.
“I think Martin O’Neill just feels a bit sorry for himself.”
Ashton, famed as a physical striker during his playing days, has got this one wrong.
Lewis Grabban twisted and turned in the box before shooting low at Rudd, who failed to collect the ball. Yates ran in as the goalkeeper flapped and Lolley, naturally, rolled the ball into the back of the net.
One can see why the referee made his decision but football, at the end of the day, is a contact sport.
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This is not to mention that Rudd appeared set to stand up before seeing that Lolley was poised to score, and hit the deck once again.
O’Neill is never one to mince his words, of course, and Forest can indeed count themselves unlucky to have dropped two points.
All attention will be on the referee when they are next in action, against Derby County next week.