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FORMER HOOPS BOSS IN REF RAGE

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SEETHING Martin O’Neill claimed Nottingham Forest were “robbed” in the goalless draw at Preston.

The former Celtic and Republic of Ireland boss was raging after referee Tim Robinson ruled out a Joe Lolley strike for a foul on keeper Declan Rudd.

O’Neill said: “We should have taken all three points. The goal should have stood in the second-half.

“The keeper spilled the ball and it was there to fight for. We have been robbed of all three points again. That is four points in two games.

“It should have counted and I told the referee after the game that he should look at it again.

“These are the points that you cannot get back.”

O’Neill, who took over the City Ground post just over a month ago, was also livid last week when it was claimed Dwight Gayle had dived to earn a penalty-kick in the 2-2 draw at West Brom.

North End gaffer Alex Neil, who saw his team stretch their unbeaten run to seven games, said: “It wasn’t great, was it? But we had three good opportunities in the first-half and if one of those goes in it’s a very different game.

“The first 10 minutes was key for us – if we had got the early goal it would have brought Forest out and made them more expansive.”

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