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Tottenham Hotspur

  • Roberto Soldado 50' PEN

Holloway sees rough ride with refs

Ian Holloway declared that Crystal Palace face a "long, hard season" at the hands of officials after his frustration at the manner of Sunday's 1-0 defeat by Tottenham boiled over.

The Eagles' return to the Premier League was settled when debutant Roberto Soldado opened his account for Spurs with a second-half penalty that Holloway vigorously contests.

But his real anger was reserved for the officials' failure to spot what he views as a deliberate foul by Nacer Chadli on Stephen Dobbie shortly before referee Mark Clattenburg awarded the spot kick.

Holloway was significantly delayed in arriving for his post-match press conference after waiting 38 minutes to speak with Clattenburg about an incident that soured his afternoon.

"I've got to learn what a foul is because I thought Nacer Chadli deliberately bodychecked Stephen Dobbie, smashed him down and ran off with the ball,'' Holloway told the BBC. "If the referee didn't see that, the assistant should have. You have to ask if he's good enough if he didn't see that. I don't see how he can miss it. It's going to be a long hard season for me with these people [referees]. I had this with Blackpool. Certain clubs get fouls and others don't. Tottenham will feel that if they play Man United. Do I think I would have got that at Tottenham? No I don't. I just want a bit of fairness. I want a foul like anyone else would have got one. I've got a horrible taste in my mouth after that.''

Holloway also took issue with Clattenburg's decision to award a penalty after Dean Moxey handled Aaron Lennon's cross with an outstretched arm in the 50th minute.

"That was a completely and unbelievably dubious handball. Was it deliberate? I don't think he had a chance,'' he said in his press conference. Yes his arms came up, but he was diving on the floor. I've never seen someone fall with their arms by their sides. He didn't have a chance in hell of getting away with it. Referees are always right aren't they, with the greatest of respect. I've got no problem with the referee and I don't want to get into trouble, it's our first game back. Overall, I'm disappointed with our lack of belief in our movement and passing. We normally play a bit better, quicker and sharper than that with the ball.''

Tottenham manager Andre Villa-Boas felt the penalty was the correct call.

"I have been told it was clear cut, although I haven't seen it again. People tell me that just before that shout there was one on Paulinho as well so that's the information I have -- that his arm was stuck out,'' he said. "Although it doesn't look deliberate his arm is quite some distance from the ball. The referee decided wisely.''

Villas-Boas refused to comment on the future of Real Madrid target Gareth Bale, but revealed that the foot injury that forced the Wales winger to miss Sunday's victory will sideline him for two further matches.

The Portuguese stated that Spurs may buy a defender before transfer deadline day and was pleased with the performance of new signings Soldado, Paulinho and Chadli.

"Bearing in mind that for all of them the Premier League is a different proposition in terms of intensity and passion, I think they did extremely well so I am extremely pleased with that,'' he said.

Scoring Summary

  • Crystal Palace
  • Tottenham Hotspur
 
(pen 50') Roberto Soldado

Match Stats

  • Crystal Palace
  • Tottenham Hotspur
5(3) Shots (on goal) 18(3)
9 Fouls 8
3 Corner kicks 7
4 Offsides 0
42% Time of Possession 58%
1 Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
2 Saves 3

Teams

  • Crystal Palace
  • Tottenham Hotspur
Substitutes
Substitutions
Yellow Cards
Mile Jedinak (90')