Bowyer pleads for goal-line tech after defeat

Date published: Sunday 13th September 2015 5:24

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Gary Bowyer re-opened the debate over goal-line technology after watching his Blackburn side fall to a controversial 2-1 defeat at Fulham.

Rovers were trailing 2-1 when Grant Hanley’s effort clearly crossed the line before it was hacked clear by Jamie O’Hara.

But referee Tony Harrington waved away the appeals of the Blackburn players and Fulham held out to claim the three points and leave winless Rovers in the bottom three.

Bowyer said: “There’s a massive prize in this league at the end of the season, a huge amount of money for getting to the Premier League where modern technology is applied.

“The rewards are massive, yet we haven’t got technology in this league. Hopefully this is an opportunity for powers that be to do something about it.

“Cricket doesn’t just have it at one game, tennis is not just at Wimbledon. They are open-minded, and the powers that be need to know it would make the game better. People are banging the drum and today is a great example, an opportunity to do something for the good of the game.

“We are in the professional game. For the amount of money at stake why can’t it go all the way through the League?”

Fulham manager Kit Symons admitted he has long been an advocate of goal-line technology in the Championship – “just not today,” he smiled.

“I’ve had a look at it, it looked like it did cross the line but I’m not going to apologise for us getting a bit of luck,” he added.

Fulham looked like they were going to enjoy a Sunday stroll when Ross McCormack and Moussa Dembele fired them 2-0 ahead in the opening half an hour.

McCormack blasted in Dembele’s cutback after just four minutes, and then 19-year-old Dembele finally beat Jason Steele after the Rovers goalkeeper made a double save from Ryan Tunnicliffe and Tom Cairney.

But Rovers pulled one back through a penalty from Jordan Rhodes – who had earlier hit a post from three yards out – after James Husband shoved the Blackburn striker in the area.

The visitors could have snatched a point even after the goal line controversy as substitute Fode Koita rattled the woodwork in stoppage time.

Bowyer remains under pressure despite having seen most of his top players sold this summer to balance the books, and Symons had a degree of sympathy for his counterpart.

“I’ve known Gary for years, he’s a friend,” he added.

“I’ve been there, I had ‘Symons out’ last home game so it goes with the territory. But I do feel for Gary.”

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