Fulham boss Scott Parker has condemned Dennis Odoi’s red card in their 2-1 loss to Preston North End in the Championship last night, but has disregarded some of the recent refereeing decisions they’ve faced.
Preston ended a run of four-straight losses to nil with a fine win over Fulham last night. It was Sean Maguire who got things rolling with his fourth goal of the season, with David Nugent scoring his first goal for Preston since 2007 to double their lead early in the second-half.
Aleksandar Mitrovic got a late consolation goal for the visiting side, with his 16th of the campaign so far.
The dynamic of the game changed just before the half-hour mark though, when Fulham’s Dennis Odoi was shown a straight red card. The Belgian went up for a header and having missed the ball by some distance, clattered into the face of Preston’s Patrick Bauer resulting in his dismissal.
Speaking about the Odoi’s sending off to the Fulham official club website last night, Parker said:
“I have not been able to take a look at the incident yet. At the time it looked like a bit of a head-rush moment so from what I am hearing it seems like it was a sending off.”
Fulham fans were left reeling soon after though, when Preston’s Ben Pearson went into Josh Onomah with both feet off the ground.
“The two footed tackle looked bad from where I was standing at real time, it looked like a red card,” said Parker on the incident. “It was a two footed challenge and that is dangerous play.”
A Preston player did see red before the conclusion of the first-half though, with Joe Rafferty being dismissed for a late tackle on Joe Bryan.
“We’ve been on the receiving end of a couple of bad decisions.” admitted Parker. “It’s one of those things in football. We go home empty handed tonight.
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“All we can do is analyse, see what went wrong, work on things and try to improve. Decisions and what happened tonight is long gone. We have to look forward.”
Fulham fans were hard done to against Bristol City at the weekend when they were denied a late penalty but last night, Odoi can have no complaints for his punishment.
Arguably though, Pearson’s two-footed challenge was the worst of all last night and he was seriously lucky to get away with a yellow. Nevertheless, Fulham weren’t up to speed last night and Parker will need a response from his side against Brentford this weekend.