Plenty of Derby County fans have made their feelings known after not being awarded a penalty during the defeat to Bristol City on Wednesday morning.
Phillip Cocu’s side have been in superb form since the turn of the year, and they have moved themselves within touching distance of a play off place.
However, Wednesday saw them travel to Ashton Gate to face a Bristol City side looking to keep their play-off hopes alive and they proved difficult opposition for the Rams.
Nahki Wells’ form this season has been excellent and the former Queens Park Rangers loanee – opened the scoring just before the half-hour mark.
Filip Benkovic arrived from Leicester City in the January transfer window on a loan deal, and it was the central defender who added a second for the home side just before half time.
Things then went from bad to worse for Cocu’s side, who allowed Famara Diedhiou space and the striker made it 3-0 to the hosts.
A late attempt at a comeback saw Martyn Waghorn and Chris Martin both net – but Bristol would halt anything more as they held on to secure an all-important three points in their quest for Premier League football.
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During the game however, Derby fans felt they should have had a penalty when Welsh centre back Ashley Williams appeared to handle the ball in the area – but despite protests, play was waved on.
Derby fans have since taken to social media to share their thoughts on the incident, with many feeling they should have had a penalty.
Below are some of the tweets posted by disgruntled Derby fans:
That was a penalty. 100%. Williams knew it too. #dcfc
— Richard (@dcfc87) February 12, 2020
How the hell is that not a penalty? You absolute bottle job referee! You could see in Ashley Williams face that he knew it should have been too #DCFC
— Lionel Galant (@LionelGalant) February 12, 2020
Derby denied a blatant penalty yet again #dcfc
— Robert Johnson (@rjohnsondcfc) February 12, 2020
This is the issue with VAR for me. It has its issues and people are hating it but that would have been given as a penalty in the Prem. Could have massively changed the game. #dcfc
— Theo (@TheotopiaII) February 12, 2020
Stonewall penalty AGAIN #dcfc
— Chris (@buckers2011) February 12, 2020
— Matt Elliott (@mattsuperstar) February 12, 2020
Just is a penalty #dcfc
— Hedley Hardcastle (@hedshardcastle) February 12, 2020
Derby have had some awful luck with officiating this season. The only big favourable decision I can remember us getting was the penalty for handball against West Brom. And that was immediately cancelled out by West Brom winning a penalty for what was a dive #dcfcfans #dcfc
— Tom Thorogood (@TomThorogood17) February 12, 2020