Penalty decisions upset Bruce

Last updated : 01 January 2003 By Brian Cartlidge
Appeals to match official Phil Dowd were rejected just two minutes into the game when Ian Harte seemed to foul Paul Devlin and again when both Aliou Cisse and Clinton Morrison seemed to be upended in the Leeds box either side of half-time.

"We do feel hard done by," said Bruce.

"I think the whole ground knew we should have had a penalty in those first few minutes. But the referee played on, and they went down the other end and scored.

"It was a stick-on penalty, and from the replays I have seen I am left scratching my head.

"There was a good shout in the second half as well. It wasn't our day.

"We all know referees have tough decisions to make, but after that first one at this level it's no wonder we do get irate because it was a blatant penalty. It's a disappointment because it could have set us on our way."

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