Nottingham Forest boss Martin O'Neill spoke to reporters after his side's 2-2 draw with West Brom at the Hawthorns last night, and shared what he told referee Lee Mason after the match, as quoted by the Irish Independent.
Forest led twice during the game, but were denied all three points when the Baggies were handed an 89th minute penalty, after Dwight Gayle went down in the box.
The Reds now sit in eighth position in the Championship table, five points adrift of sixth placed Middlesbrough, although they have played two games more than Tony Pulis's side.
O'Neill addressed the media after last night's match, and shared his frustration at his side's inability to take three points from the contest, as quoted by the Irish Independent:
"I spoke to the referee, he said it if it was a mistake it was an honest one and I accept that. It certainly looked like a dive, I've seen it back twice from a rather long lens angle and not on TV but everyone I have spoken to says it was a dive. In this day and age, it was very difficult for a referee, harder than it's ever been."
Nottingham Forest now face a crucial run of five games against sides in and around them in the table, and they will surely be targeting maximum points from those outings, in order to give them a real chance of earning promotion back to the Premier League this season.