Aston Villa winger Ashley Young said referee Steve Bennett was right not to award West Bromwich Albion a last minute penalty after his tackle on Robert Koren.
The Albion midfielder went down inside the penalty area after Young, not known for his tackling prowess, had slid in and Bennett, who was involved in controversy the last time he officiated a Villa game at Hull City, awarded a corner kick, waving away Albion’s appeals.
Young insists he did get a touch on the ball and a penalty, which would have handed Albion a point had it been converted, would have been a harsh decision.
“When he first got the ball I was going to dive in but I just waited and he has taken another touch,” Young recalled.
“I knew I touched the ball but it was one of those challenges where it was right near the end and the referee might give it.
“Steve Bennett was the referee at Hull and he also made the right decision then. He was right to do so this time.
“I don’t know whether they are claiming it or not but you can clearly see I touched the ball.”
The win lifted Villa into third place in the table and within five points of leaders Liverpool but Young said no one at Villa was getting carried away and talk of a title challenge was unrealistic
“We’ll just take each game as it comes but we are delighted with the win,” he said.
“We haven’t scored first at home since the Man City game and it was nice to score two goals and see the game out.
“We knew they would come out and pressurise us, but we have the mentality now to see games out and that is what we did.
“We’ll concentrate on ourselves though not the other teams up there. We have Sunderland next and that is our main focus.
“To be honest we go into every game thinking we can win whether it is a team at the top or bottom it doesn’t matter.
“Confidence is sky high and we are delighted with the three points. The belief has always been there since I have been at the club.
“We want to finish higher than we did last season. We are in good form and all the boys are delighted with how things are going.”