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‘He’s absolutely right’, ‘So refreshing’ – Many Middlesbrough fans are loving Neil Warnock’s comments following Swansea loss

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Swansea City benefitted from a somewhat fortunate refereeing decision in midweek as they captured all three points away at Stoke City, and they had lady luck on their side once again this weekend.

The general consensus was that Kyle Naughton bought a spot kick in added time at the Bet365 Stadium, with not much contact being made on him by Jack Clarke, but Andre Ayew was in no forgiving mood as he converted the penalty to keep Swansea’s pressure on the top two.

And in the second half of their clash with Middlesbrough yesterday, they got away with one yet again.

What looked like a perfect tackle by Yannick Bolasie to set up Marc Bola on the edge of the box was adjudged to be a foul by referee Gavin Ward, with Bola taking his shot at the same time as Ward blew his whistle.

It prompted a furious response from the Boro players who surrounded the referee in disbelief, but they ended up getting on with the game and equalising through Sam Morsy in stoppage time.

But that wasn’t the end of the drama – just a few minutes later George Saville went into a 50/50 challenge with Jake Bidwell, and Ward blew for a Swansea penalty after much deliberation, with Ayew once again converting another added time spot kick.

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That decision has split opinion, with closer replays suggesting that Bidwell kicked through Saville’s leg to get to the ball – nevertheless Neil Warnock had something to say about it post-match.

As expected, the Boro boss slated the officials and even commented that the Swans are getting key decisions in their favour due to manager Steve Cooper being the son of a former top-level referee in Keith Cooper.

Whilst Boro fans were obviously frustrated, they were glad to see Warnock show some fighting spirit and they were reacting to his comments on social media.


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Article title: ‘He’s absolutely right’, ‘So refreshing’ – Many Middlesbrough fans are loving Neil Warnock’s comments following Swansea loss

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