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Clarke: Chelsea support influenced penalty

10 November 2013 11:47

West Brom head coach Steve Clarke feels the Stamford Bridge atmosphere encouraged the award of Chelsea's controversial penalty on Saturday.

The home side were awarded the spot-kick in the 94th minute when Steven Reid was deemed to have fouled Ramires in the area.

Eden Hazard converted to salvage a 2-2 draw for Jose Mourinho's side, with Clarke claiming referee Andre Marriner was swayed by the home support.

"It's the kind of penalty that can be given when you’ve got a home crowd that shout for everything and put pressure on the referee," he said.

"Referees are human; they make mistakes like everyone else but for us today, the most galling fact is it should have been three points from Stamford Bridge which would have been a fantastic result for us.

"Instead of that it’s just a good result, it’s only a point but the team were tremendous today and I’m really proud of the way they responded in the second half."

Clarke was angered by the nature of the penalty as well as its timing, as his team were denied back to back Premier League wins

"The referee has to be 100 per cent sure it’s a penalty," he continued.

"How he can be 100 per cent sure in that instance is beyond me. It’s not correct – it was a bad decision. I think he went down early before the contact.

"The onus is on the referee to make the right decision –and he didn’t make it."

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Info

Competition
Premier League
Date
9 November 2013
Game week
11
Kick-off
16:00
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
2 - 2
Venue
Stamford Bridge (London)
Attendance
41623

Goals

S. Eto'o 45'  
1 - 0
1 - 1
61' S. Long
1 - 2
68' S. Sessègnon
 (assist by L. Ridgewell)
E. Hazard (PG) 90'+6  
2 - 2

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
26
24
2 90+7'
28
8 15'
22
7
17 90+6'
11
29 45' 45+1'
Coach: José Mourinho
# Player Bookings
13
3 90+7'
2
6 90+5'
23 90+5'
18 83'
29 68'
21
5 28'
11 90+5'
9 45+3' 61'
Coach: S. Clarke

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
19
10
12
3
4
15
23
# Player Bookings
16
7
4
19
20
25
38

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 0 +0 0
2 0 +0 0
3 0 +0 0
4 0 +0 0
5 0 +0 0
6 0 +0 0
7 0 +0 0
8 0 +0 0
9 0 +0 0
10 0 +0 0
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16 0 +0 0
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18 0 +0 0
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20 0 +0 0

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