West Bromwich Albion defender Jonas Olsson has admitted that he certainly felt contact when Aston Villa’s Chris Herd kicked out at him in the first half of Saturday’s meeting at Villa Park which ended 2-1 for the visitors.
The young Australian was shown a straight red card by referee Phil Dowd after his assistant pulled up the incident where Olsson and Herd tangled in the penalty box.
Although the contact looked minimal, Olsson says there was no doubt Herd kicked out at him and feels the penalty, which was missed by Chris Brunt, was deserved.
"I think we got tangled up a little bit and I fall down and the Villa player (Herd) kicked back and hit me,” the Swede, who scored the equaliser with a 45th minute header, told Sky Sports.
"I think maybe he feels it was a bit harsh, but I think he will agree it was a foul and you know, credit to the linesman. He sees the incident and acts on it and I think like I've been saying in other interviews, last week, I think I should have had a penalty against Wolves and I didn't get it but today I did and these things I think even out throughout the season.
"And like I also said in my last interview, that I think that after the Wolves game, I think the refs are keeping a consistent level and I think that's all you can ask and I think everyone is on board with that."