Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was not impressed with referee Lee Probert’s decisions as he reflected on a 2-1 Barclays Premier League defeat at Fulham last night.
Laurent Koscielny gave the Gunners a first-half lead but the dismissal of Johan Djourou for two yellow cards cost the Gunners, who allowed Steve Sidwell and Bobby Zamora to score in the last five minutes to lose the points.
Wenger said: “The first yellow (for Djourou), I felt the referee got all wrong. And a penalty was not given to Gervinho - I do not know why it was not given.”
The Frenchman continued: “It was a difficult game and after we went down to 10 men...we wanted to keep the score maybe too much and in the end when we were down to 10 there were tired legs.”
On the implications of the result on his team’s season - the Gunners are nine points off top spot in fifth position, having played a game more - Wenger added: “It’s a massive missed opportunity.”
Meanwhile, Brendan Rodgers was delighted to see Swansea earn their first away win in the Barclays Premier League with a performance at Aston Villa he felt truly showcased the team’s virtues.
The Welsh side went ahead in the fourth minute when Stephen Warnock got in a mix-up and gave the ball straight to Nathan Dyer, who took it on before firing past Brad Guzan.
Former Villa man Wayne Routledge then doubled the advantage two minutes into the second half, pouncing when Danny Graham hit the post to seal a 2-0 triumph and the Swans’ maiden victory on the road since their promotion to the top flight last summer.
They were more than worthy winners on the day and manager Rodgers said: “It was a wonderful performance and result for us to come to a place like Aston Villa, where Swansea have never won.
“I thought my players were brilliant today. We scored two goals and could have had a few more.
“Everything that is good in our game was evident - the intelligence of our pressure and some of our passing and interchange was exceptional.
In the other top flight fixtures, Stoke City recorded a 2-1 victory at struggling Blackburn Rovers courtesy of a brace from Peter Crouch while David Goodwillie registered for the hosts.
An 89th minute strike from Frank Lampard saw Chelsea beat Wolves 2-1 while Norwich City claimed a 2-1 win at QPR.