Ian Holloway Won’t Stand Crystal Palace Being Labeled A ‘Small Club’

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Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway has said that he will not put up with decisions going against his side that will lose them points because referees view them as a small club, talkSPORT reports.

Holloway was left fuming over two crucial decisions in his team’s season opener against Tottenham Hotspur, which ended in a 1-0 victory to the visitors. Roberto Soldado settled the game from the spot, but Holloway feels that a number of the decisions that went against him may not have had the away side been on the receiving end.

“To me it’s very simple, we were mounting an attack,” explained Holloway. “Stephen Dobbie cut inside [Tottenham’s Nacer] Chadli. Chadli then shoulder-barged him over. It should be a foul,” he said.

Holloway was also disappointed by the ensuing penalty award. “Was it deliberate or not? A second before that [Dobbie] went down, he [the match official] didn’t give it, then Lennon gets to the line, my bloke dives to the floor to try and block it. The ball was only two yards away from him, if that, and as he’s fallen it hits his arm.

“We had the defensive structure in behind that. We were safe. I thought that was unbelievably harsh.

“My question to you is would I have got that? If I was away at Tottenham and one of my players shoulder-barged one of their players in my half, they’d have got a free-kick.”

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