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Roberto Di Matteo Frustrated After West Brom Denied 'Clear' Penalty Against Manchester United

West Bromwich Albion manager Roberto Di Matteo was left frustrated after losing 2-1 to Manchester United and directed his anger towards the referee after the home side were denied a penalty in the first half.

Wayne Rooney opened the scoring early on yet James Morrison equalised and in the 26th minute West Brom thought they had won a spot-kick after Gary Neville brought Graham Dorrans tumbling to the floor only for referee Chris Foy to waive away the appeals.

Di Matteo feels that if the penalty had been given it would have changed the game completely, by leaving the league leaders both a goal and a man down.

“It was very clear from everyone’s view to be honest,” Di Matteo told reporters.
“You know, only the main man who was supposed to see it didn’t and that would have changed the game completely.

“I spoke to the fourth official during the game but, he can’t do nothing about it and it’s not going to change anything now. 

“It was so clear, it wasn’t like it was something he couldn’t see, it was very clear.

“[Gary] Neville touched the ball and my player’s flew in front of the 'keeper."

However, Albion were awarded a penalty after the break, but they spurned the opportunity to take the lead as Peter Odemwingie sent his kick wide of the post.

The hosts were then made to pay for their penalty miss as substitute Javier Hernandez managed to head home a Rooney corner, to give the Red Devils a first away victory in eight games.

To make matters worse, West Brom were forced to make numerous defensive changes due to injuries and suspensions and and Di Matteo admitted injuries were taking their toll on his team.

“That’s right - it’s disappointing and we’ve talked about it obviously for a couple of days, “ Di Matteo said when asked if the West Brom defence played a part in the defeat.

“We did have to make a lot of changes at the back, shuffle players round with Morrison at full back but still you know we have to concede a goal from there because you couldn’t see them scoring otherwise.

“I mean now we’re really struggling at the back there’s a lot of defenders out for us and it’s going to be very tough.

“Now we’ll have to assess them I don’t think they’ll recover for the next game but we’ll have to assess their injuries."

The result leaves West Brom lying just three points ahead of the relegation zone, having played a game more than most of their rivals.

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