We're due a break, Dougie Freedman says of no penalty decision
AFTER 987 minutes of feeling the footballing gods were conspiring against him in the Championship, Dougie Freedman feels he may finally have caught a break!
While Whites fans may point to a first-half challenge from former Reebok defender Paul Robinson that halted Jermaine Beckford’s path to goal, and ergo warranted a red card, Blues supporters will definitely have claimed a late penalty after Liam Feeney appeared to have handled a late shot from Callum Reilly.
Three minutes from time a penalty would have almost certainly ensured Saturday’s game ended in a draw but Freedman told the local media his team were due a stroke of good luck.
“You’ve sat in front of me over the last 10 games and given me the hard questions and I haven’t moaned about the decisions, Jesus Christ, I think we’re due one,” gasped the Wanderers boss when asked about Birmingham’s late claim.
“If you are asking me honestly it is a difficult one because he was only two or three yards away. I’m asking my players to put their body on the line.
“Liam did that for me and I think it was common sense to make that decision from the referee.”
Wanderers had shown improvement at Blackpool but showed strength to hold out in a second-half onslaught from the home side who had not lost a home game since the opening day of the season.
“I thought we deserved the game,” he said. “I thought we showed tremendous character to silence the crowd through our football. It was really pleasing from a coaching point of view how we passed the ball through midfield. We were very brave to do that.
“In the second half we showed determination and commitment. It was very pleasing all-round to get the result.”