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Duo slam referee

Filed: Sunday, 22nd November 2009
By: Staff Writer

Both Gianfranco Zola and Phil Brown were left disappointed by refereeing decisions following Saturday's 3-3 draw at the KC Stadium.

Zola, who saw his side chuck away a two-goal lead for the second successive away game criticised calamity ref Mark Clattenburg for decision that led to two of Hull's three goals - whilst Brown was equally critical over the failure to award a late penalty against Matthew Upson.

"The first goal was a little bit fortunate and maybe the third goal wasn't a goal as I didn't see it as a penalty," moaned Zola. "But it was a very entertaining game and I think it's down to the two teams playing an open game.

"I think we played a little bit too open after we went 2-0 ahead. We are scoring a lot of goals - we just need to focus and defend our goal a little bit better."

Brown, whose side played for much of the second half with ten men following the dismissal of Bernard Mendy was equally unhappy with Clattenburg's failure to award a late penalty for Matthew Upson's untidy challenge on Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink .

"If the first one's a penalty the second one, without a shadow of doubt, is," he said. "If you watch it you'll see, it's a blatant shout for a penalty as the centre-half is all over him.

"It was a spirited performance to be able to come back from two goals down to go in at half time 3-2 - but they showed enough spirit to grind a point out when we were down to ten men.

We ground out a point in the end and you've got to be grateful for a point in the Premier League. It was decent opposition today, Gianfranco's got him team playing the right way. They scored three goals but I'm disappointed that we've dropped two points."

Despite the point, West Ham remain in deep trouble at the bottom of the Premier League. For Zola, an immediate change is fortune is essential.

"Certain things are not working very well," he admitted. "We need to focus and make them right. We need to improve in those situations because at the moment we're not doing very well. We're going to be talking and trying to do something about this situation.

"It's all down to us. Sometimes you play a team that's not a bottom three team but if you're there they you're doing something wrong. It's up to us to change this, to do the right things."

We'll have more from Gianfranco Zola shortly.

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