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Bosses agree: It was a pen

23 November 2013

Gunter denied spot kick

Both managers agreed that Chris Gunter should have been awarded a second half penalty at Ewood Park.

Gunter got onto a neat Garath McCleary pass inside the area before being sent to ground by defender Grant Hanley.

To the astonishment of our players, not only did we not get a spot kick, Gunter was booked for supposed simulation.

When asked by the press after the game, Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer admitted that it was a spotkick, and Nigel Adkins was philosophically disappointed about the key moment.

He said, "The referee is the man who has to make the decision and he hasn't given it.

"It's a penalty, it looked a penalty at the time, I've seen it again since and you can see the players' reaction.

"Chris Gunter is honest as the day is long, you know your players and it's not right that he has a yellow card to his name for that. You can't appeal or get it rescinded and that could affect us down the line.

"But I shook the referee's hand at full time, there's nothing else that can be done about it and what more can I say."

Gunter told the press afterwards that the ref - to his credit - agreed to review the incident and ring him with his thoughts in due course.

Look out for footage on Reading FC Player and our YouTube channel from just after midday on Sunday.

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