Championship - Jones rues handball decision

Eurosport - Sat, 22 May 18:54:00 2010

Dave Jones rued a 'harsh' refereeing decision after Cardiff lost the Coca-Cola Championship play-off final and missed out on a potential £90 million windfall.

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Blackpool beat the Bluebirds 3-2 at Wembley to secure the most lucrative promotion in the history of English football.

Michael Chopra put Cardiff ahead but four minutes later midfielder Stephen McPhail clumsily handled the ball 25 yards from goal and Charlie Adam stepped up to curl a delightful free-kick past David Marshall and into the top right corner to level the match at 1-1.

Joe Ledley restored the Welsh club's advantage with a neat finish but Gary Taylor-Fletcher and Brett Ormerod struck from close range shortly before the break to give Blackpool a lead they did not relinquish.  

Jones spoke of his grievance at the award of the free-kick against McPhail, saying: "I just think it's harsh, the handball for the free-kick.

"The lad has stuck a great goal away but we could have done better. You can't take the lead and then let them go up the other end and score.

"Well done to them, we have to swallow it and we've got to move on.

"We'll just sift through the debris over the next few weeks and have a look at certain things.

"It's just a little bit hard to swallow when you lose a game, certainly a final, the dressing room is devastated.

"You've got to have a bit of dignity and you've got to say well done to the winning team no matter how they've done it or whatever."


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