Norwich City manager, Alex Neil was left frustrated after watching his side crash to a 3-0 home defeat at the hands of an excellent Tottenham side at Carrow Road last night.
Yes, the visitors were very good but Neil was left particularly frustrated by the performance of referee, Kevin Friend.
Afterwards, the City boss sought out Friend to ask him about some of the decisions in the game, the majority of which went against Norwich.
“I thought the penalty was as soft as I`ve seen,” Neil said. “Dele Alli had a shot at goal, the keeper gathers the ball, the phase of play is over and nobody appeals for a penalty. Nobody was expecting a penalty and all of a sudden he points to the spot. “I think Sebastien Bassong comes in – the two of them come together – and the fact that he sees that as a penalty for us was really disappointing.”
Neil was also annoyed that his side were not awarded a spot-kick at the end of the first half when Steven Naismith was bundled over by Kevin Wimmer. The City boss also claimed Martin Olssen was fouled in the build-up to Kane`s second goal. Neil said he spoke to Friend after the game but claimed he offered a sarcastic reply.
“Kevin`s response was ‘yes it was my fault, it was my fault you`ve lost the game`, which isn`t the case, I just felt we didn`t get the fair decisions,” Neil added. “It was sarcastic, yes. I am having a go at him because I am not happy about what has happened in the game. “If you get two real contentious decisions against you, you are going to be frustrated and want to know a reason why. I felt there were a lot of 50-50 decisions we didn`t get today.”
As I say, Spurs were very good but Kevin Friend was equally as bad as they were good. He’s one of the senior referees but his decision making was just bizarre at times. I’m not blaming the defeat on the referee because I’m not that naive. There were lots of things wrong with Norwich last night but all you ask is that the officiating is on a level playing field.