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WAG­NER SLAMS OF­FI­CIAL FOR RE­VERS­ING PEN DE­CI­SION – AND COST­ING TOWN POINTS

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three but for Ma­son chang­ing his mind over giv­ing a penalty when full-back Flo Hadergjonaj tum­bled.

Ma­son spoke to his as­sis­tant Stu­art Burt be­fore re­vers­ing his de­ci­sion, in­stead award­ing a free­kick to Cardiff for Hadergjonaj push­ing Joe Ben­nett be­fore the Switzer­land in­ter­na­tional fell in the box.

“Ev­ery­body knows the ref­eree gave a big de­ci­sion that cost us the game,” said Wag­ner.

“It was the most clear-cut chance of the whole game and they took it away from us.

“I know they (of­fi­cials) have a very dif­fi­cult job, but some­times they make it much more dif­fi­cult for them­selves.

“The ref­eree even gave them the ball. I have no clue what was in their head.

“After see­ing the footage, it’s a clear penalty, but I don’t know how many de­ci­sions like this have gone against us this sea­son.

“We will prob­a­bly get an­other phone call from the FA apol­o­gis­ing for the de­ci­sion.

“Six weeks ago, our neg­a­tive run started with one of the worst days for Michael Oliver against Brighton when he made a mis­take.”

Hud­der­s­field re­main bot­tom of the ta­ble and eight points adrift of Cardiff.

Wag­ner had la­belled the game ‘must-win’ be­fore kick-off and could take some com­fort from the fact that his team were the bet­ter side.

But he added: “I said be­fore we had to win it and we haven’t done.

“Clearly, we were the more ac­tive team and we de­served some­thing - the spirit and at­ti­tude was there.

“But it shows how big de­ci­sions are im­por­tant in this game. It’s some­thing you can’t con­trol.”

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