Leeds United: Boss Clark left feeling blue by ref’s penalty decision

Birmingham's Demarai Gray.
Birmingham's Demarai Gray.
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Birmingham City boss Lee Clark admitted he was frustrated by the failure of his side to claim all three points in a 1-1 draw against Leeds United after a late penalty shout was turned down.

Clark expressed his disappointment that his young player Demarai Gray had collected a yellow card and been denied a penalty late in the second half following an incident involving United defender Giuseppe Bellusci.

Even United boss Neil Redfearn later admitted that he thought it was a penalty but added his side should have been leading 3-1 at the time.

Clark said: “It has been unfortunate because we should have won all three home games.

“We certainly deserved to be one up at half-time. Leeds came more into the game as an attacking force in the second half.

“But the controversial incident near the end was frustrating because I know Phil Caddis would have scored as he is ruthless from the spot. I’ve seen it again. It was a penalty. The defender didn’t touch the ball.

“The only way Gray could not connect with the player is if he was to jump 10 feet.”

Clark added: “Do we encourage young players to take on players or pass the ball.

“I know the lad well. He gets from pillar to post by the senior players when he is running at them because he is unstoppable. He doesn’t go to ground easily. He is a tough little cookie.

“He was outstanding when he came on but it frustrates me he got a yellow card because it could take away his natural game of taking on people.”

United’s opponent’s tomorrow night are Bournemouth who drew 1-1 with visitors Rotherham United on Saturday after Jordan Bowery’s 93rd-minute header earned the Millers a point.

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