Jones lashes out at Forest chairman over 'tapping up' of Whittingham
Published 09/08/2010 | 05:00
DAVE JONES chose to vent his fury at Nottingham Forest chief executive Mark Arthur rather than at his Cardiff players who failed to claim three points against a Sheffield United side forced to play the last hour with 10 men yesterday.
Jones, who watched Jay Bothroyd salvage a point for the home side with his 61st minute equaliser, accused the Forest chief of trying to unsettle midfielder Peter Whittingham.
Forest have failed with two bids for the former Aston Villa player, one of the hottest properties outside the Premier League after scoring 25 goals last season. But the Midlands club has not given up landing one of Cardiff's crown jewels with Arthur claiming the player "wants to come to us."
Jones said: "I've seen his comments and they were an absolute disgrace. If that's not blatant tapping up I don't know what is."
Blades manager Kevin Blackwell admitted he was satisfied with a point, but believed they could have won had Matthew Lowton not been sent off in the 31st minute.
The visitors were in front courtesy of Ched Evans' strike when the defender saw red after a late tackle on Kevin McNaughton.
Cardiff piled on the pressure in the second half and Bothroyd denied United their first opening-day win since 2005 following a bad mistake by the otherwise impressive Steve Simonsen. The goalkeeper foolishly rushed out of his penalty area to try and stop Michael Chopra reaching Whittingham's pass.
Chopra skipped past the stranded Simonsen and then picked out Bothroyd who calmly rolled the ball into the net.
Two of the three teams relegated from the Premier League last season began with a victory and a clean sheet as Burnley and Hull both triumphed.
But Portsmouth, whose survival was ensured in court last Thursday, lost 2-0 at Coventry. Freddy Eastwood scored both goals.
Chris Iwelumo was on target on his debut as Burnley beat Nottingham Forest 1-0, while Hull saw off Swansea 2-0.
John Bostock, signed on the eve of the campaign on a loan from Tottenham, netted a stunning 30-yard strike after 23 minutes and Ian Ashbee added a second to help Nigel Pearson mark his first game in charge with a win.
QPR beat Barnsley 4-0 as Heidar Helguson, Adel Taarabt -- both with penalties -- Fitz Hall and Jamie Mackie hit the target.
David James' Bristol City debut did not go as planned, as the goalkeeper, whose most recent competitive appearance was as England exited the World Cup to Germany, was on the wrong end of Millwall's 3-0 win at Ashton Gate.