April 23 2014 Latest news:
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Norwich City boss Chris Hughton insisted Crystal Palace should have had a man sent off as well as his own side after a gruelling 1-1 Premier League draw at Crystal Palace.
Hughton had no issue with Leroy Fer’s two yellow cards which rule him out of this weekend’s FA Cup third round tie against Fulham but Hughton was adamant Marouane Chamakh had to go late in the first period after a tangle with Wes Hoolahan when he clearly grabbed the Irishman by the throat.
“I have no complaints with the penalty,” he said. “I don’t have any complaints with the ones that went against us but certainly Chamakh should have been off the pitch. The referee had a very good view of it and, to the letter of the law as I know it, if someone raises a hand it’s a sending off.
“Credit to Wes Hoolahan - he didn’t try to get the lad sent off. He got straight back up and he didn’t try to make a meal of it but it was sending off offence.”
Palace manager Tony Pulis remained upbeat after his side slipped back into the bottom three.
“The end of the season is when it counts,” he said. “It is not at Christmas or new year. The most important thing if you focus on that. The window opens so it gives you an opportunity to wheel and deal; move a few out and a few in, which hopefully will help us. Overall I think we should have three points,” he said. That is the second game running we’ve played games in very poor conditions, which made it a lottery. You don’t want that at home; you want the advantage of being at home. I thought the referee did well under the conditions.”