Cardiff boss Neil Warnock feels his side were denied a stonewall penalty in their home hammering by Watford on Friday night. Cardiff, for whom Sol Bamba scored a late consolation, remain one point and one place above the relegation zone after a disastrous second half.
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But manager Neil Warnock insisted it could have been a different story had referee Simon Hooper awarded Cardiff a penalty when Daryl Janmaat appeared to flatten Josh Murphy just before half-time with Watford leading 1-0. “Going in 1-1 with our tails up and the crowd behind us it’s a different ball game,” Warnock said. “I still don’t understand, for whatever reason, that it’s not given. It’s bizarre.
“He (Hooper) is in a great position and unfortunately none of his linesmen could help him. It’s the most straightforward one you’ll get. “VAR would have solved that in 30 seconds, everybody on the pitch knew it was a penalty. “I like Simon as a referee and he’s not done it on purpose. He’s seen it back on video and he’s upset himself about the situation.”