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Adkins: About time we had a penalty call go our way
8:50am Thursday 27th December 2012 in Saints News
Nigel Adkins was delighted to see Saints finally get another penalty.
The Saints boss has been frustrated by missing out on a run of what he believes to be clear spot kicks, but saw Rickie Lambert equalise from the penalty spot at Fulham after a handball from former Saint Chris Baird.
Though there were a few Fulham complaints about a possible push on Baird but it looked a correct decision.
Adkins was delighted to see it go his way.
“I couldn’t see where I was in the dugout and I’ve not seen the replay of it but what I do know is that we should have had six penalties ourselves this season that we haven’t done,” he said.
“I’m led to believe no one has complained about it and it’s a definite penalty but I’m pleased the referee did give us a decision.”
He added: “I’m led to believe it’s a penalty and a right decision.
“We’ve been due to get a penalty because of decisions that have been stonewall.
“When you speak to assessors on the Monday they say ‘yes, it’s a stonewall penalty, the referee’s made a mistake there.’ It’s no good to us then. I’m led to believe it is a penalty so there’s no arguments there.”
There was a slight heart in mouth moment as Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer briefly looked like becoming the first man to deny Lambert from the penalty spot for Saints.
The Fulham keeper got both hands to the penalty but the power of the strike saw it home.
“Rickie takes a good penalty,” smiled Adkins.
“With the pace of the shot, obviously Mark got two hands to it but because of the power of it he wasn’t able to keep it out of the back of the net.”