Saturday 21 July 2018

Hughes unhappy at penalty decision

Huddersfield 1 Stoke City 1

Hughes: Under pressure. Photo: PA
Hughes: Under pressure. Photo: PA

Liam Blackburn

Mark Hughes bemoaned a penalty that Stoke were not given at Huddersfield, though disagreed with David Wagner's assertion the Terriers should also have had one.

An entertaining contest might have produced a winner if referee Anthony Taylor had pointed to the spot at either end in the second half.

Taylor was unmoved as Potters midfielder Joe Allen, trying to fend off Aaron Mooy, went to ground and upended the Australian before reaching the ball, and the referee was also uninterested shortly after when Christopher Schindler appeared to trip Mame Diouf.

Hughes felt both decisions should have gone Stoke's way, with Wagner arguing Taylor was wrong in each instance during a contest where Tom Ince's first Premier League goal since February 2014 was cancelled out by Ramadan Sobhi's second in four days.

"We feel a little bit aggrieved because it was a clear penalty on Mame Diouf," Hughes claimed.

"He got his legs taken from him, the referee needs to give it. Whether or not he was influenced because the home crowd seemed to think it was a foul by Allen on Mooy... but I don't think he was ever in good possession of the ball and Joe's just shepherded the ball away from danger.

Stoke City's Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting has a shot saved by Huddersfield Town’s Jonas Lossl (not pictured). Photo: REUTERS/David Klein
Stoke City's Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting has a shot saved by Huddersfield Town’s Jonas Lossl (not pictured). Photo: REUTERS/David Klein

"Whether that's influenced the referee, you'd have to ask him. It's another key moment that has gone against us, we've had a number of them in recent weeks."

When Hughes' view on the Allen incident was put to Wagner, he replied: "He is long enough in the football business to judge this situation usually right so maybe after he has seen the video footage he will correct this opinion. We have to get the penalty in this one situation. It was a clear penalty when it was 1-1."

Huddersfield Town’s Tom Ince in action with Stoke City's Kurt Zouma. Photo: REUTERS/David Klein
Huddersfield Town’s Tom Ince in action with Stoke City's Kurt Zouma. Photo: REUTERS/David Klein
Huddersfield Town’s Steve Mounie attempts an overhead kick. Photo: REUTERS/David Klein
Huddersfield Town’s Steve Mounie attempts an overhead kick. Photo: REUTERS/David Klein
A Stoke City fan holds up a banner reading 'Hughes Out' at the John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield. Photo: PA
A Stoke City fan holds up a banner reading 'Hughes Out' at the John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield. Photo: PA

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