Morrison’s late strike sparks Cotterill anger
BRISTOL CITY boss Steve Cotterill blasted the referee for playing too much injury time as the Robins were denied a famous victory at the Hawthorns.
James Morrison spared the Baggies’ blushes as he netted from close range in the 95th minute, leaving Cotterill angry with official Graham Scott.
All the goals came in the second half as the Championship side recovered from falling behind to Saido Berahino’s strike to lead through efforts from Jonathan Kodjia and Kieran Agard.
As four minutes of added time were held up on the electronic board by the fourth official, City looked set to reach round four. But Morrison converted Callum McManaman’s cross to set up a replay at Ashton Gate later this month.
Cotterill said:“Time was up, it was over. Even if you use the stop-start rule like we do, by the time the ball comes back into play and they recycle it and get it in the box, it’s over.
“I know we are splitting hairs here but when you're 2-1 up away from home against a Premier League team you need the referee to be right on it.
“It was a great performance from us but often you don’t get two opportunities against a Premier League team and for our second-half performance we did deserve to win the game. It was time up and he knows it.
“He probably thinks they’ll get a cross in and a header or something will go over the bar then he can blow after the goal-kick. But you don’t need to add any more.The bottom line is it’s time.
“That would have done wonders for our season in the second half of the Championship. It’s so disappointing.
“We might not get another opportunity and that moment was important for us.”
West Brom boss Tony Pulis had a different view, saying:“Steve’s got to buy himself a new watch.That’s the best thing he can do.”
Pulis was more concerned about the competition being devalued.“The only disappointment for me is the FA Cup should be showed a little more respect, especially the third and fourth round,” he added.“It’s the best cup competition in the world, and I’m a traditionalist.
“So to follow it up with games in the Premier League and the Championship two or three days after almost makes you end up having one eye on that.
“It would have been nice to have a clear run at the game and show the competition the respect it deserves.”
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