Potter not convinced by penalty calls

3rd November 2018
First team

Graham Potter felt the Swans were on the wrong end of two big decisions in his side’s defeat at Rotherham.

The Swans looked on course for a first away win in over two months after Oli McBurnie tapped in Daniel James’ cross in the first half.

Bersant Celina was denied a second soon after while Leroy Fer saw his effort from point-blank range kept out in the second half by keeper Marek Rodak.

That proved crucial as the Swans were stunned by two penalties awarded by referee Tony Harrington in the final 11 minutes at the New York Stadium.

Sub Ryan Manning scored both after Kristoffer Nordfeldt was adjudged to have fouled ex-Swan Jamie Proctor and Fer was penalised for handball.

That left the Swans with a bitter pill to swallow as they headed home with nothing to show for their efforts.

Potter was not convinced with either of the penalty decisions.

“I need to look at the penalties again,’’ he said. “But the first one, the boy (Proctor) is offside to start with and there didn’t seem too much in the challenge from where I was.

“As for the second one, I can probably see why he’s given it. But the ball has been hit that hard so close to Leroy that it was a reaction to protect his face. I don’t think he’s made himself any bigger, which is the general rule.

“When the ball is flying towards your head at such close range, then I defy anybody to say they are not going to react the way Leroy did. The key question the referee has to decide is has he made himself any bigger. The referee obviously thought he did. That’s life.”