Frank Lampard seeks ref explanation as penalty decision still rankles

Date published: Sunday 12th May 2019 10:08

Derby boss Frank Lampard has criticised the “incredible” decision to overturn a penalty for his side during their 1-0 Sky Bet Championship play-off defeat to Leeds.

The Rams were given a spot-kick with 12 minutes to go at Pride Park, following a collision between Jayden Bogle and Jack Harrison in the box.

But referee Craig Pawson then changed his decision following discussions with assistant Eddie Smart.

Leeds led at the time through Kemar Roofe’s 55th-minute strike – a goal that was ultimately enough to see Leeds leave Pride Park with a 1-0 win.

“I think it was a close call for the penalty, but for it to be overruled by a linesman who is further away than the referee is incredible,” Lampard said.

“The ref is the boss and he made the decision. If it is going to change then surely it has to be because there is something clear and obviously wrong and there wasn’t.

“Contact is minimal but there is a foul there and I don’t understand why it was changed.

“We won’t get it back now but I would like to speak to the officials to understand their decision-making process.”

Lampard was not altogether satisfied with his side’s display and knows they must perform better in the return at Elland Road on Wednesday.

“We were more positive in the second half and created chances, but we need to be better on the ball and be more confident on Wednesday (in the second leg).

“If we go out then I want us to play how we have been playing recently. They will put us under pressure but we have to stay confident.”

Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa, meanwhile, has warned his players the job of reaching Wembley is far from complete.

 

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