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Holloway criticises refs as Crystal Palace go down to Tottenham

Ian Holloway was left fuming with the performance of the match officials as Crystal Palace began their return to the Premier League with a 1-0 home defeat to Tottenham on Sunday.

Spurs new boy Roberto Soldado converted a 50th minute penalty after Dean Moxey was adjudged to have handled Aaron Lennon's cross in the area.

However, Eagles boss Holloway felt his side should have been awarded a free-kick just before the penalty was awarded when Nacer Chadli brought down Stephen Dobbie and believes his team were harshly done by the referee and his assistants.

"I've got to learn what a foul is because I thought Nacer Chadli deliberately bodychecked Stephen Dobbie, smashed him down and ran off with the ball," Holloway told the BBC.

"If the referee didn't see that, the assistant should have. You have to ask if he's good enough if he didn't see that. I don't see how he can miss it.

"It's going to be a long hard season for me with these people (referees). I had this with Blackpool.

"Certain clubs get fouls and others don't. Tottenham will feel that if they play Man United.

"Do I think I would have got that at Tottenham? No I don't. I just want a bit of fairness.

"I want a foul like anyone else would have got one. I've got a horrible taste in my mouth after that."

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Andrew Slevison
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