Wagner fumes at pen that got away
HUDDERSFIELD boss David Wagner was left frustrated by referee Jeremy Simpson after Nahki Wells was denied a second-half penalty before producing a lastminute equaliser against Reading.
Wells saved the day in the 92nd minute as the Terriers earned a replay after a thrilling second half at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Jamie Paterson had opened the scoring for Huddersfield before Wells was booked for diving after going down as he rounded Ali AlHabsi. Reading then turned things around through Matej Vydra and Hal RobsonKanu, but Wells scored from the spot at the death to earn the draw.
Wagner said: “I’m worried that after such a great game that the first question is about the referee, and it shows that something went wrong in the game. I thought that the first Wells challenge was a penalty but the referee had a better view than me.
“I’m very satisfied with our performance, we were the better team throughout and apart from the ten minutes where we struggled and conceded two goals I thought we reacted to the pressure well, we created chances and we dominated the game. It was the perfect game until we didn’t get the penalty, and we have to accept the result but I didn’t think it was fair because we were the better team.”
In a repeat of last year’s third round draw, Brian McDermott’s side were looking to find the form that 12 months ago took them to an FA Cup semifinal against Arsenal.
After a quiet first half Huddersfield broke the deadlock in the 57th minute when Paterson headed Davidson’s perfect cross past Al-Habsi.
Four minutes after Wells’ booking,Watford loanee Vydra brought the visitors level when his deflected shot looped over Joe Murphy and into the Huddersfield goal and with three minutes to go RobsonKanu made no mistake and scored what looked like the winner, linking up with substitute Lucas Piazon before slotting home.
But Wells was the hero when he fired the Terriers level with a stoppage-time penalty after Harry Bunn was brought down in the area to earn Huddersfield a second chance.
McDermott disagreed with Wagner’s assessment and said:“If you’re 2-1 up with five minutes to go, and you look at the way the game went then you have to take the draw, because it quite easily could have gone either way.
“I think the referee has got it right with the first penalty appeal against Al-Habsi, and that he’s got it right with their penalty at the end but I think that we should have had a penalty when Vydra was pushed in the back.”
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