Boro Robbed With Penalty That Never Was!

Last updated : 21 December 2008 By Boro Mad
Middlesbrough have not won for six games but Gareth Southgate refused to say Stroud's penalty decision cost us the match.

Roy Hodgson: "I wasn't jumping in the air and screaming penalty. It was one of those decisions that can go either way and perhaps they do even themselves out over the season."

Gareth Southgate: "I think we were second best in every department.

"It was an uncharacteristic performance from us which is unacceptable.

"We knew coming to Fulham that they are very strong defensively and they pass the ball well.

"The first goal was always going to be crucial and we conceded a poor one, we conceded poor goals on the day. Our quality in the final third wasn't good enough.

"We tried to change it at half-time and looked a bit brighter for a spell.

"But then the second goal kills the game. That was a big decision that has gone against us for the third week running.

"But I've said to the players we can't hide behind that. We were not good enough. We can only affect ourselves but I do think it was an unbelievable decision. I just don't know what he is supposed to do to get out of the way of it.

"He attempts to clear the ball, it hits Zamora who is a yard away from him and it bounces up and hits him on his hand. It is a staggering decision to be honest.

"Everybody can see the decision for themselves, it shouldn't need me to comment on it. But it was amazing."

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