Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - By HARRY PRATT


CPalace 2 Brighton

0 Tot­ten­ham Hud­der­s­field 1 West Ham Leicester 0 Burnley Newcastle 2 Bournemout­h 1 Southamp­ton 1 Watford

an in­ex­pe­ri­enced ref. He’s only had four games. Would he be given the Manch­ester derby? Ab­so­lutely not.

“But this was just as big a game for us and the ref was not up to the stan­dard re­quired.

“I have got to be care­ful. Peo­ple will say, ‘It’s Mark Hughes blam­ing the refs again’. But all we ask is they get the match-defin­ing, game-chang­ing de­ci­sions right.

“Key de­ci­sions and key mo­ments have gone against us again. I agree we need VAR. But the Premier League is stuck in the Dark Ages.”

As for his own fu­ture, he added: “We’ve got to change results into wins but peo­ple who saw this game will know we’re not a bad side.”

■PROPER CHAR­LIE: Austin con­fronts ref Hooper ■CLOSE CALL: Austin fires in as Yoshida watches on

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