Southampton boss claims referee made ‘clear mistake’ in Liverpool defeat

first_imgSouthampton manager Ronald Koeman claimed referee Kevin Friend made a “clear mistake” by not awarding his side a penalty when midfielder Filip Djuricic was felled by Joe Allen during the 2-0 defeat by Liverpool at St Mary’s stadium on Sunday.Despite sympathising with match officials, an aggrieved Koeman said he expects good decisions in the Premier League as Saints had three separate appeals waved away, but insisted he does not want any favours.Djuricic collided with Emre Can inside the opening minute, before his altercation with Allen, and Dejan Lovren’s handball late in the first half added to the 51-year-old’s frustration.“It’s not about giving favours,” the former Feyenoord boss said. “I don’t expect favours; I expect good decisions in situation in the box.“In one situation [the second Djuric appeal] it is a clear penalty. The first and the third are more difficult to see what exactly happened. But the second is a clear penalty and that is a mistake of the referee.“Referees are humans, but I call it unlucky. I don’t speak about favours but I expect when it’s a clear penalty for the referee to blow his whistle, but he didn’t.”Koeman did praise his team for being “dominant” against Liverpool, but conceded his team is struggling for form in front of goal.Southampton have netted just once in their last four league matches, when Sadio Mane grabbed a late winner against Queens Park Rangers in February. “I was impressed by my team in the first half,” he added. “I thought we were the dominant team against a big, big Liverpool so there were a lot of positives.“But in football it’s all about scoring goals and we are struggling to score, not about creating because we are creating good chances, but we don’t score.“We have to keep the confidence in the players and keep working so it is no problem.”last_img

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