He continued: “I suppose it sounds like a bit of a moan and a bit of a rant, but last week (in the 2-1 loss to West Brom) there were two penalty incidents in the game and to me, both were penalties given the directives that we have been given by the referees this season. “One was given against us and the other one wasn’t. The referee chose to miss it, and today again. While I agree with the referee that, in general, there are a lot of soft penalties being given, these are the directives we have been given. “While 20 years ago maybe the game would have not had a penalty at all, the fact is that this is not 20 years ago, it’s now, and these are the directives we have been given. I keep mentioning that point because it was the referees who mentioned it, so you can’t just turn around and give it and then choose to ignore it when you want.” The referee pointed to the spot for the first time after 16 minutes when Ashkan Dejagah went down under Craig Gardner’s challenge, and Dimitar Berbatov converted in imperious fashion. Full-back Sascha Riether then tapped home after Simon Mignolet had parried Dejagah’s shot, but the home side grabbed a lifeline within two minutes. Mr Halsey ruled that Senderos had tugged Danny Graham’s shirt and Gardner smashed home the resulting penalty, setting the stage for Stephane Sessegnon to claim a point 20 minutes from time with the Black Cats turning in a vastly-improved second-half display. Fulham boss Martin Jol said: “Before today, if they had beaten us, they would have been on 32 points as well. If you look at Southampton, they are in the bottom four or five – if they had beaten QPR today, they would have been on 30 points, so everyone can be dragged into a very difficult situation. “One one hand, it’s a good point and on the other hand, three points would have meant we had done the business today, but we didn’t.” Match official Mark Halsey did award two spot-kicks in Saturday’s 2-2 draw, but waved away appeals for two more after Fulham’s Emmanuel Frimpong and Philippe Senderos found themselves in the spotlight. A frustrated O’Neill said: “It looked a pretty clear-cut penalty from Senderos handling the ball, and the referee has chosen not to give it.” Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill pleaded with referees to be consistent over handball decisions after seeing his side fight back to deny Fulham victory. Press Association
West Demerara complete innings and 82-run win over East BankWEST Demerara completed a stunning innings and 82-run win over East Bank yesterday when the two teams completed their Round two game in the Franchise League three-day tournament, at the Tuschen Community Centre ground.Scores in the match: East Bank 171 and 141-9; West Demerara 494-7 declared.Set 323 to win, East Bank were restricted to 141-9 in 40.2 overs, after Deonarine Seegobin was unable to bat.Resuming the final day at 74-4, the remaining East Bank batsmen folded in quick succession.They lost overnight batsman Sherfane Rutherford without scoring to Romario Shepherd who finished with figures of 3-50.Tagenarine ChanderpaulHowever, the other overnight batsman, Test player Vishaul Singh was joined by Ersha Ali, and together they added 41 for the sixth wicket before spinners Akshaya Persaud and Richie Looknauth claimed the four wickets between them.Singh made 36 while Ali contributed 32. Looknauth finished with figures of 3-32 while Persaud had figures of 2-12.Earlier in the game, national opener Tagenarine Chanderpaul stroked an unbeaten 176 while Tevin Imlach crafted 103 to lead West Demerara to 494-7 declared. Shepherd supported with 55; Akshaya Persaud got 43 and Malcolm Hubbard 40.Round three commences on Friday with East Bank playing Essequibo at Everest, West Demerara facing West Berbice at Wales, East Coast hosting Georgetown at Lusignan and Lower Corentyne battling Upper Corentyne at Albion.