HUDWINKED

Hud­der­s­field...1 Le­ices­ter...1 Wag­ner rues wrong off­side flag as Ter­ri­ers de­nied three points

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! - By Steve Mil­lar

TER­RI­ERS boss David Wag­ner was like a dog with a bone, growl­ing all the way home about the vic­tory that got away.

Wag­ner was crit­i­cal of ref­eree Jon Moss that Elias Kachunga’s 62nd-minute “win­ner” was ruled off­side by flag-wav­ing as­sis­tant Scott Ledger – much to the fury of Hud­der­s­field play­ers and sup­port­ers alike.

Lau­rent De­poitre had given the Tykes the lead on his first start and Jamie Vardy equalised from the penalty spot.

But the real talk­ing point was the Kachunga blun­der.

De­jected Wag­ner said: “I have seen the video footage.

“It was a goal. Kachunga was a yard on­side. It wasn’t dif­fi­cult to see.

“That’s why the ref­eree’s as­sis­tant is there.

“I haven’t spo­ken to the of­fi­cials but ab­so­lutely it hurts.

“It’s a huge dis­ap­point­ment for us be­cause we scored a sec­ond goal which un­for­tu­nately didn’t count.

“The ref­eree de­cided it was off­side and I’m very un­happy with the re­sult be­cause of this one sit­u­a­tion.

“We have to ac­cept this de­ci­sion even if it’s a wrong one.

“But I am pleased with the per­for­mance, es­pe­cially of the three play­ers who made their de­buts.”

Hon­est Le­ices­ter boss Craig Shake­speare had ev­ery sym­pa­thy and said: “This one prob­a­bly went for us.

“To get a point I have to be re­lieved. They will be dis­ap­pointed they didn’t get three points.”

There was no sign of the con­tro­versy to come in a hel­ter-skel­ter open­ing 45 min­utes with Le­ices­ter cer­tainly not en­joy­ing the ride.

Le­ices­ter’s new striker Kelechi Iheana­cho was af­forded the visi­tors’ only chance in Aussie who then found gaps ga­lore in the Le­ices­ter rear­guard.

Mooy en­sured Hud­der­s­field re­mained in com­plete com­mand but just when you an­tic­i­pated the break­through, Vardy showed you can never re­lax when he is around as he hooked just past the up­right.

So the half fin­ished a stale­mate – but no one was pre­pared for what hap­pened next with the posh fans miss­ing all the mad­ness as they fin­ished off drinks in the VIP lounges.

Two goals in four min­utes stunned those who had made it back to their seats when first De­poitre bril­liantly turned Harry Maguire and ar­rowed his shot into the bot­tom cor­ner in the 46th minute.

And then in the 50th minute, Chris Lowe caught Andy King in the box and the other as­sis­tant ref­eree flagged fu­ri­ously for a penalty.

Vardy did not look a gift horse in the mouth and smashed the spot-kick home.

Hud­der­s­field were stunned but re­cov­ered for Mathias Zanka to fire in a shot which keeper Kasper Sch­me­ichel flipped over.

Then came the Kachunga in­ci­dent be­fore Le­ices­ter should have taken the lead them­selves.

Riyad Mahrez’s clever play saw him drill across for Vardy who com­pletely missed in front of goal and kicked the post in anger.

Tom Ince was inches wide him­self and then there were boos all around when sub­sti­tute De­marai Gray went down far too eas­ily in the box un­der Mathias Jor­gensen’s chal­lenge, but ref­eree Jon Moss was un­moved. Sabiri said: “We are happy with the 1-1 at the end of the day. “I am look­ing for­ward to the next game.

“The boss said he was happy with me af­ter the game.

“I felt com­fort­able out there on the pitch, it was good to play.”

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