Wag­ner blasts ref­eree

The Sunday Telegraph - Sport - - Premier League - By Ge­of­frey Markham at the John Smith’s Sta­dium

Hud­der­s­field’s climb away from the rel­e­ga­tion zone was halted by Florin An­done, al­though David Wag­ner had no doubt who was cul­pa­ble for an af­ter­noon that left the home man­ager be­moan­ing the lack of “fun” in foot­ball.

Ref­eree Michael Oliver pro­vided the turn­ing point just af­ter the half-hour, judg­ing Steve Mounie’s slid­ing, foot-up chal­lenge on Yves Bis­souma wor­thy of a straight red card.

Wag­ner was fu­ri­ous, point­ing to Oliver’s fail­ure to award his team a firsthalf penalty af­ter Pas­cal Gross wres­tled with Alex Pritchard, or send off Leon Ba­lo­gun for a foul on Erik Durm.

“For me, the red card wasn’t one,” said the Ger­man. “If it was, then the chal­lenge on Durm is a red card as well.

“Pritchard was a clear penalty and a red card too. Three big de­ci­sions went against us. Foot­ball is no fun. You have no chance to be suc­cess­ful.”

His frus­tra­tion was com­pounded by the fact his side, strug­gling so badly for goals, some­how man­aged to score the fastest one of the Premier League sea­son to date, af­ter just 54 sec­onds.

Mounie headed on a long throw-in, Bruno pan­icked, skied his clear­ance into the air and Math­ias Jorgensen rose im­pres­sively to head in from six yards.

But Brighton soon be­gan to take con­trol. Deep in first-half in­jury time, Bruno made amends with a clever short cor­ner to Solly March whose ex­quis­ite cross was headed in by Shane Duffy for the equaliser.

Bruno and March again com­bined af­ter 70 min­utes, the lat­ter swing­ing over a cross which An­done, start­ing his first game since his sum­mer sign­ing from De­portivo, headed in with a sweet stoop­ing fin­ish.

“It’s a clas­sic No9 goal, get­ting across his de­fender,” said Brighton man­ager Chris Hughton.

“I’m re­ally pleased for him be­cause he’s had to wait but we’ve had bet­ter starts to games and our re­sponse was good, even against 11 men.”

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