Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp was in no doubt refereeing decisions cost his side after a controversial defeat at Stoke yesterday.
Spurs had a goal disallowed and two penalty appeals for handball turned down as Stoke survived a frantic second half to end the Londoners six-game winning run in the Barclays Premier League.
Stoke took a 2-0 lead with a first-half double from former Spurs midfielder Matthew Etherington but the visitors set up a thrilling finish after Emmanuel Adebayor replied from the spot. Adebayor was denied a seemingly good second goal by an offside flag after Ryan Shawcross appeared to have handled on the line in the most dramatic passage of play.
Jermain Defoe also thought one of his shots was blocked by a hand while Redknapp was further incensed by a red card shown to Younes Kaboul by referee Chris Foy.
Redknapp said: “We came away with nothing because there were two blatant handballs on the line and Adebayor was two yards onside when the ball was played to him. That’s why we’ve come away with nothing.
“We were poor first half, I hold my hand up. We didn’t play well. But we changed it at half-time and in the second half we battered them. Unfortunately a couple of decisions he (Foy) got completely and utterly wrong. I’m sure if you watch the TV you’ll see it.
“When the ball gets rattled in and the fella on the line goes like that with his arm, it’s handball. Kaboul gets a booking for saying to the referee it was a penalty, then he gets another yellow card near the end for an innocuous... that was no worse a challenge... it was a foul but...”
Martin O’Neill celebrated his first match in charge of Sunderland with a dramatic late 2-1 victory over Blackburn. O’Neill’s bow looked to be heading for disaster with Rovers leading 1-0 at the Stadium of Light with just six minutes to play.
However, David Vaughan’s 84th-minute piledriver pulled the hosts level and set the stage for Sebastian Larsson to snatch three points with an injury-time free-kick to spark a trademark celebration from the 59-year-old Ulsterman.
O’Neill said: “It was surreal, really surreal. Just to get three points on the board is immense.
“I would have given a lot for that, just to have won the game, but mainly - forget about myself - just for the players. Having lost the game here last time out against Wigan in the circumstances in which they did, and then to go to Wolves and miss the penalty and then lose the game...
“It’s only a win, it only gives us a win. We have a million miles to go, but in terms of restoration of confidence, it was great.”