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Fulham boss Hodgson not convinced about penalty decision

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson was sceptical about both the penalty and red card decision in Thursday night's 1-1 draw with AS Roma in the Europa League.

The Cottagers gave up a one-goal lead in the dying seconds to be held to a draw at Craven Cottage in a night full of drama, which saw Fulham's Stephen Kelly sent off for a challenge on John Arne Riise in the box.

The tackle led to him being sent off and the referee awarding Roma a penalty, which goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer saved, prompting Hodgson to question the decision that end in the end may have caused the match to be a draw.

"I've got my grave doubts as to whether it was a penalty, but they get given in those situations when a player drives into the box," Hodgson said.

"They [the extra officials] got the wrong player with the red card but they should be making it clear that you can't give that as a last-man foul when someone [Hangeland] is coming across to cover."

Hodgson rued the sending off, saying Roma took advantage of having an extra man on the pitch just when Fulham were getting on top.

"They bought their best players on, and we were short of numbers and we were short for a corner - which led to them equalising with the very last kick of the game," he added.

"We had a marvellous first half - I thought we played very well. At half-time, we made some changes. But they bought on Mirko Vucinic and Claudio Pizarro, two of their better players.

"It's very difficult to play with 10 men. But I thought the effort was magnificent, and it was cruel.

"After conceding a 92nd-minute goal with 10 men against West Ham, this is very hard to take."

Andrew Slevison
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