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"NOTHING TO DO WITH US" - GARY

Bristol City manager Gary Johnson has hit back at claims eminating from the Palace dressing room following City's controversial win over the Eagles.

On-loan West Ham striker Freddie Sears had a decent looking goal ruled out midway through the first half, prompting outspoken Palace gaffer Neil Warnock to launch into a trademark rage.

Warnock told Sky Sports.com: "I thought Gary Johnson and his players could have shown more sportsmanship because they knew it was a goal, like everyone else.

'We were cheated. And I'm not saying that against the referee because he didn't mean to get it wrong."

Whilst Johnson expressed his sympathy towards the 60-year old whinger, he also praised his players for their professionalism in keeping their calm.

Speaking about the controversial goal, Johnson told the club's website: "The lads were saying the linesmen said it was a push in the end, even though the ball went in the net.

"We didn't play as well as I would like us to have played, but we hung in on there."

"I'm sure Neil will be disappointed and I doubt he will come in and have a cup of tea, but I didn't make the decision and we made sure we didn't get involved"

"We let them get on with it and didn't get involved which was probably a good ploy because we picked up the three points."

"Neil didn't want to shake my hand and that's up to him. I can't say I was surprised after what had happened, but it's one of those things."


Palace chairman Simon Jordan also added his ten-pence worth after the game but nobody wants to listen to the views of Croydon's very own Tango-man!

The Robins host QPR on Tuesday evening and hope to have defenders Louis Carey and Liam Fontaine back in the squad after missing today's game through injury.

New Lithuanian striker Andrius Velicka should also be available for Tuesday after watching today's match from the stands, pending the completion of his loan move from Rangers.




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Date:Saturday August 15 2009

Time: 9:11PM

Your Comments

Warnock was dead right. As usual Johnson manages to shift the blame.
gloucblade
Shut up you *****! It'll even itself out over the course of the season. Warnock's just a whinging, moaning, old git. I suggest he sits down and smokes his pipe before he takes to his next game.
Tins
Love how all of a sudden Warnock is a bastion of sense and rationality, particularly as it is a headline story. People shouting 'cheat' and lack of sportsmanship is absolute rubbish, though I'm glad this will be forgotten next week when Palace lose again and there is yet more excuses flying about. People forget very quickly and seem to have misplaced their memories of Warnock's very public dislike of almost every other manager in the football league. Bring on QPR
Bluntlogic
On this occasion Warnock has every right to moan, what do you thing good old Gary would have said if the position was reversed ? Nothing to do with excuses, fact is the 'goal' should have been acknowledged by City players and manager.
gloucblade
Gloucsblade - We played Swansea at home last season and drew 0-0 despite Marvin Elliott (I think) forcing the ball over the line. Everyone in the ground knew it was a goal, but it wasn't given. The season before we had a similar incident drawing 0-0 away at Leicester when Brian Wilson's rocket was clearly over the line. It happens! Johnson acted with a lot more decorum than Warnock or Jordan has on both those occasion and this has nothing to with our club. The ref makes his own mind up at the end of the day. He should be the one everyone's pointing the finger at - not us!
Tins
Tins...We can all remember incidents such as you describe, fact is you are ducking the issue. The ball didnt just cross the line, it hit the rear stanchon, every City player knew it, Johnson knew it at the time. He then gets all indignent on TV and your chairman trys to tell everyone that players and manager thought that a foul had been committed in the run up to the goal. If Johnson had any spine he would have told his players to allow CP to score. The ref made the error, but Johnson could have corrected it.
gloucblade
I'm not ducking any issue. Instead, I'm approaching it with a level head. It came out yesterday that the referee's report stated there was indeed a foul in the build up and that's why the 'goal' wasn't given - not that I saw it at the time mind! I'm not denying it was over the line, nor is anyone to do with BCFC, but those are the facts in the cold light of day. Johnson was told that by the 4th official that was the case at the time so why on earth would he instruct his players to concede a goal that was ruled out for a foul? Would Warnock let us score after Hartley's second half strike was wrongly ruled out for an offside decision? No, of course he wouldn't, cos it's part and parcel of football. Get over it, we beat you fair and square and any guilt lies at Shoebridge's door - not ours.
Tins
Offside 'goal' is a whole different issue, and you know it. BC players saw that the goal was scored fairly, listen to Keith Hacketts apology, at no time was there any suggestion of a foul, Hackett says so. I have nothing to 'get over', I dont support Palace, and the last thig the win was, was 'fair and square', quite the opposite! Anyway, if nothing else our conversation has quadrupled the activity on your very poorly supported site. :)
gloucblade
.....Do the three of you editors spend the time talking among yourselves ?
gloucblade
 

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