Popular pundit Robbie Savage has suggested on Twitter that the decision to award Crystal Palace a late penalty in their 2-0 win over Reading was softer than Christian Benteke’s winner last weekend.
Palace boss Alan Pardew was incensed with Liverpool’s 94th minute winner at Selhurst Park, so much so that he became quite agitated talking about the incident in the post-match interviews.
But what goes around usually comes around, and it didn’t take long for Palace to be awarded a dubious penalty of their own as Yannick Bolasie was alleged to have been felled late on against Reading.
Yohan Cabaye duly stepped up and scored, while Fraizer Campbell made the game safe in injury time.
Writing on Twitter during the encounter, Savage felt the penalty decision was extremely soft.
Looking forward to hear what Pardew says about that pen ! There was more contact on benteke ! Let's see if he digs out his own player ?— Robbie Savage (@RobbieSavage8) March 11, 2016
That touch doesn't warrant that dive," Pardew said. "If that touch warrants a collapse like that, then wow." That's was about benteke— Robbie Savage (@RobbieSavage8) March 11, 2016
Let's see if he thinks that contact on palace player warrants same response ?— Robbie Savage (@RobbieSavage8) March 11, 2016
Jake Cooper was the man penalised for pulling Bolasie, but the contact was minimal and certainly no more than the contact which saw Liverpool’s Benteke hit the turf after being clipped by Damien Delaney.
It has been a tough 2016 for Palace in the Premier League, yet they’ve been excellent in the FA Cup and with a good draw there is no reason why they can’t go on to reach the final.