Football - Holloway unhappy with referee

Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway was fiercely critical of referee Graham Scott after his side were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw by Huddersfield at Selhurst Park.

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Football - Holloway unhappy with referee

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Ian Holloway was not happy with the officiating in his side's draw with Huddersfield

Holloway was incensed by the referee's decision to show Damien Delaney a straight red card after 11 minutes following a challenge on Jermaine Beckford. Holloway was also upset at Huddersfield being awarded a 20th minute penalty after Sean Scannell was fouled inside the penalty area, while he also questioned the official's decision to show Town defender Anthony Gerrard a red card late on.

"I thought he was so quick to make a decision and I've seen the angle," said Holloway. "It wasn't reckless or dangerous play and he wasn't the last man. I just can't believe how quickly, from that angle, that he made that decision."

He went on: "That's a three match ban and if he's going to say that Delaney was the last man and he's brought him down then I could accept that. But for a reckless challenge, not trying to play the ball, I don't agree but who am I? I'm just the Palace manager. I might be biased mightn't I?

"I thought Scannell deliberately played for the penalty. He could have easily taken another couple of steps and got on the end of it or whatever but such is life."

The visitors were forced to negotiate the final part of the game with 10 men after Gerrard was harshly sent off for a foul on Bolasie.

But Town held out, much to the delight of manager Simon Grayson, who said: "You're happy to get a point when you come down to Crystal Palace, a team which are flying at this moment in time.

"But when you look back and reflect on the game, we had some good opportunities. Their keeper made some fantastic saves and we had an opportunity to score from the penalty.

"Anthony Gerrard's sending off? Not from where I am and not from what I've seen on the TV. He didn't jump in, he didn't lead with two feet so I think he's got that decision wrong. We're disappointed with the decision which got Anthony Gerrard sent off.

"I would have thought we will appeal but you never know. We had one of those at Charlton and we thought we'd get Keith Southern off but we didn't. You don't hold too much breath."

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