Liam Ridgewell has slammed the refereeing decision that contributed to Aston Villa's 2-0 defeat at home to Liverpool on Saturday.
Steve Bennett penalised Ridgewell for a foul on Peter Crouch, the former Villa striker, but the decision incensed many inside the stadium - particularly the Villa defender himself.
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From the penalty, in the 85th minute, Steven Gerrard gave Liverpool a one-goal lead and paved the way to Xabi Alonso's goal in the final minute that clinched the match. Ridgewell believes that a draw would have been a fairer result.
"Every week you get people putting their arms around each other and jostling and if that's deemed to be a penalty you might see a few more. It might end up 5-5 each week," Ridgewell said.
"People run into each other at corner and free-kicks. I was astonished when he pointed to the spot. My reaction was one of shock. I think 'Crouchy' was as surprised as well. I don't think anyone has appealed for a penalty but that's what happens.
"The ref didn't say anything. It's one of those that happens when luck is against you. Hopefully the rub of green might go our way and kick-start our season. We played well."
Ridgewell pleaded innocence after conceding the penalty Thomas Sorensen, the Villa goalkeeper, was close to the incident and remains convinced that Ridgewell's challenge was within the spirit of the rules.
While Ridgewell clearly had his arms around Crouch, one might suggest that the Liverpool striker was just as guilty of a foul. Television replays suggest that the incident remains open to debate.
"It is sad after all the hard work we put in, because one bad decision ruined it for us," Sorensen said. "It's a tough one to swallow.
"If you talk to the Liverpool players, they will say they found it really difficult and after the first 25 minutes, we got into the game.
"As the game progressed, we came out as the better team but a bad decision cost us. They went for the ball and ' Crouchy' slipped and Ridgewell fell with him.
"I've seen in on television and it's not a penalty. I'd be saying that even if I wasn't a Villa player but it is tough to take. Had they scored a great goal, or it had been a clear penalty, then you can't really say anything but it's not even 50-50. It's maybe one that is given once in ten.
"It has cost us the game. The second goal didn't really matter because we had to go forward. A draw would have been a good result but we need to look forward. The season hasn't ended and we can take a lot of positives. We will get out of this position."
David O'Leary, the Villa manager, effectively blamed Bennett for this defeat and refused to accept that his team are in a state of crisis, despite their lowly league position.
"Crisis? Not a crisis but we want to be doing better than what we are."
A classic understatement. Villa next play Sunderland, perhaps the team most likely to endure relegation. Defeat is unthinkable.