Jones laments Suarez penalty

West Brom defender reflects on defeat to Liverpool

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West Bromwich Albion defender Billy Jones believes that his side were unlucky to concede a penalty to Liverpool during Saturday's Premier League clash.

Reds striker Luis Suarez earned his team a spot-kick inside the first 10 minutes of the game at The Hawthorns when he went down under a challenge from winger Jerome Thomas.

It was a controversial decision as Charlie Adam successfully converted the spot-kick to put Kenny Dalglish's side 1-0 ahead.

Andy Carroll found the target for Liverpool on the stroke of half-time to wrap up a 2-0 win for the Merseyside club, leaving Jones lamenting the judgement of the officials in awarding the visitors the early penalty.

"It was a bit of a harsh penalty, and going 1-0 down against Liverpool, it is always going to be hard," rued the 24-year-old. "I don't think it was a penalty.

"Jerome was in a good position. I think he has taken a touch and Suarez has got himself in front of him.

"We spoke beforehand of being careful of Suarez in the penalty area because he has won penalties before for Liverpool.

"He is good at winning penalties and we knew we had to be careful around him - and Jerome was.

"Suarez has gone down and the linesman has given it. It was one of those things. It was harsh to concede a goal that way."


However, Jones had good words for the link-up between Suarez and Carroll and said: "They were a threat.

"There were balls which got knocked in where Carroll wasn't favourite to win them or get anything from them.

"But he turns those half-balls into good balls by getting it down and releasing other players.

"He sets up Stewart Downing and Charlie Adam while Suarez is already on his bike making good runs."