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"A blatant penalty"

22 February 2014

Alfie on Kilgallon's second half handball

The Royals unarguably weren't anywhere near their best against Blackburn Rovers this afternoon, but Nigel Adkins' men were left to rue yet another refereeing decision that didn't go our way.

After Hal Robson-Kanu's scuffed shot had ricocheted to the feet of Adam Le Fondre, Matt Kilgallon was nutmegged as he slid in but the defender prevented the ball from running into the striker's path with a trailing arm in the six yard box.

Having brought the ball to a standstill, the Rovers defender chopped clear with his leg before the appealing Le Fondre could toe home and Rovers defended resolutely to hold onto their lead. 

"We don't seem to be getting the rub of the green at the minute, the decisions aren't running for us right now," Alfie told after the game. "We had the two sendings off for Pearcey and Kaspars earlier this month and now this one.

"It's the most blatant handball I've ever seen in my entire life. I don't need to tell you it was a penalty. I'm sure pretty much everyone in the stadium saw that it was a penalty. 

"The ref said he didn't see it - but surely the linesman has seen it. He's got a clear view and he must have seen him pull the ball away from me.

"And I'm in the six yard box, so in my mind he's denied a goalscoring opportunity. You can't handle the ball in the area.

"Those decisions make the difference and we aren't getting them. It just wasn't our day today.

"We've just got to put in a performance of real quality now next weekend when we play Yeovil and put this result behind us."

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