CARDIFF CITY manager Paul Trollope said referee Graham Scott “changed the game” when he awarded Leeds United a 62nd-minute penalty after Matthew Connolly grappled with Pontus Jansson in the box during Saturday’s Championship clash in South Wales.
Chris Wood’s fourth goal in six games, a 62nd-minute penalty rolled home in confident fashion, and Pablo Hernandez’s first Leeds goal eight minutes from time secured a well-merited 2-0 success.
Cardiff’s campaign is showing little sign of flickering into life with only one victory all season and manager Trollope struggling to cope with the expectations at a club who were in the Premier League three seasons ago.
“I thought we were in pretty good control, we needed one of the chances to go in and they didn’t,” Trollope said.
“The refereeing decision changed the game, which was frustrating for us because there was a lot going on at set-pieces at both ends. “I’m not saying it wasn’t a penalty but if he’s giving it then he could be giving a few at either end.” Asked about the growing pressure on him, Trollope said the results were not acceptable. “I’ve received good support from the owner, chairman and CEO,” Trollope said. “Of course there’s a need for short-term results, we don’t want to be in the league position we’re in because it hurts.
“Patience is the key, especially in the modern game. But it’s my responsibility to shape it and mould it.”