Jol - Everyone knew it was a penalty

Cottagers boss bemoans Oliver decision


Last Updated: 27/03/12 8:05am

Fulham boss Martin Jol believes everyone inside Old Trafford felt they should have had a late penalty in their defeat to Manchester United.

With United defending Wayne Rooney's first-half opener Michael Carrick appeared to catch Danny Murphy's standing foot as they chased the ball into the United area in the closing minutes, but referee Michael Oliver waved away Fulham's appeals.

Jol believes Oliver would have been a brave man if he had given a late penalty, feeling he would also have to send off Carrick.

Asked if it was a penalty, Jol told Sky Sports HD 1: "I feel it was a difficult decision, but it always is with a penalty.

"I think if he had given the penalty he would have had to send Michael Carrick off.


"I think everyone in the stadium expected a penalty to be honest.

"This is not the first time, especially not for me, and they have experienced it as well you have to be brave to give a penalty away at Man Utd and that is the only disappointment we've got.

"I have to say compliments to them [his players] especially we stuck to everything we said before and we could have had a result and I think they were pretty nervous at the end.

Despite the disappointment of being denied a penalty, Jol was happy with his side's performance at Old Trafford.

"I thought in spells in the first half we did ever so well, created three or four half chances then they scored after we made a mistake.

"In the second half we stuck to our plan and in the end we could have had a draw.

"Second half we could have repaired the damage but it wasn't to be.

Asked if he fancied United to go on and win the title after going three points clear at the top, Jol said: "No I won't bet my money on it.

"I feel Man City is good team as well, we could have shocked them today."