How Cardiff City can overcome appalling luck to win mammoth Brighton relegation showdown – Wales Online

How Cardiff City can overcome appalling luck to win mammoth Brighton relegation showdown - Wales Online

Neil Warnock stays tight-lipped on Cardiff City defeat

If Cardiff and Neil Warnock are, as looks increasingly likely, on their way out of the Premier League in the coming days, for once in his eventful career the veteran manager wants to go quietly.

After being charged on three counts by the FA on Friday for comments he made about the officiating during his teams recent controversial loss to Chelsea, Warnock was again on the receiving end of questionable refereeing calls, this time from Mike Dean and his team.

But, having had his one summons to appear before the governing body, Warnock was in no mood to swell the FAs coffers after two Chris Wood goals left his team on the brink of demotion.

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The second penalty appeal came when Aron Gunnarsson went down under a challenge from Charlie Taylor, and Warnock added: “We feel that was the worst penalty shout of the lot. (Dean) said he made a meal of it. Taylor catches him right on his ankle bone.”

Neil Warnock was left absolutely furious by refereeing decisions once again as Cardiff lost 2-0 to Burnley.

Cardiff boss Neil Warnock said he wanted to avoid another Football Association charge as he largely bit his tongue following Mike Dean’s controversial decision to reverse a penalty decision in their 2-0 defeat by Burnley.

Chris Woods brace left the Welsh side virtually condemned to relegation but Warnock was outraged by a controversial call by Mike Dean.

“If they beat us it’s probably all over isn’t it, so a lot depends on the night and if things go for you. I hope we have a bit more luck than we’ve had lately and we’re ready for it.”

The official awarded Cardiff a penalty at Turf Moor – but changed his mind after speaking to his assistant.

The hosts were leading through Chris Wood’s first-half goal when referee Dean pointed to the spot early in the second half after assistant Darren Cann flagged for handball against Ben Mee.

Caretaker boss Scott Parker claimed his Premier League first points, ending the Toffees three-game winning run thanks to goals from Tom Cairney and Ryan Babel.

On Friday the Cardiff boss was charged by the FA for three breaches of the rules following his reaction to defeat by Chelsea two weeks ago, when the officials failed to rule out an offside goal.

Meanwhile, Southampton recorded potentially huge three points with a 3-1 win over Wolves to climb up to 16th place.

But, after a discussion with Cann and his other assistant Ian Hussin, Dean changed his mind and also waved away two later strong penalty appeals before Wood grabbed an injury-time second.

Two goals from Nathan Redmond and Shane Long sealed the win after Willy Boly had equalised for the visitors.

Asked about his magnanimous attitude, Warnock said: “I’m just trying not to get fined. I’ve been advised. I’m absolutely distraught underneath.”

The biggest win of the day came at the Amex Stadium where Brighton were humbled 5-0 by south coast neighbours Bournemouth.

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“We keep getting kicked in the teeth one after the other, but I can’t fault the lads, I thought they were super today,” said Warnock.

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