Boaz Myhill has said West Bromwich Albion paid the price of coming up against one of the “bigger clubs” following Andre Marriner's penalty decision in the 2-2 draw against Chelsea on Saturday.
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Marriner's awarding of a spot kick to the Blues for what he perceived to be a foul by Steven Reid on Ramires in the sixth minute of injury time has been roundly criticised, while leaving Albion with a bitter taste of injustice.
Eden Hazard's goal from the resulting penalty denied Steve Clarke's side their first ever Premier League win at Stamford Bridge, leading to more accusations of referees being guilty of awarding favourable decisions to the bigger clubs.
Albion goalkeeper Myhill refused to speak directly about Marriner's performance, but clearly felt the Baggies were the victims of Chelsea's reputation and the standing of their manager Jose Mourinho.
"When you’re up against the bigger clubs, who have got bigger players and bigger managers, it’s maybe difficult for people to see things for what they are," Myhill said.
“You accept that when you go to some of the bigger clubs that’s going to happen and it did. I would have been more than happy if they’d done something spectacular and broken us down, but we have to take it on the chin and move on.
“We did everything we needed to do to win and that’s what makes it more difficult to take. I feel distraught that we haven’t won that game, especially with the way it happened. All I can say is that as a dressing room we were bitterly disappointed not to have won the game."
Elsewhere, Albion defender Gareth McAuley and midfielder Chris Brunt have withdrawn from the Northern Ireland squad for Friday's friendly in Turkey.
The Irish FA has stated that McAuley has withdrawn for personal reasons, while Brunt has a groin injury and tendonitis in his knee.