Derby County defender Max Lowe has claimed that West Bromwich Albion winger Matheus Pereira "laughed" after the Rams man asked him about the penalty incident late on in the Championship 1-1 draw between the two sides, as reported by the Derby Telegraph.
In a game featuring three spot kicks and the sending off of West Brom manager Slaven Bilic, Derby opened the scoring at Pride Park through Martyn Waghorn's early penalty after the striker was brought down by Kieran Gibbs.
Phillip Cocu's side could have doubled their lead just before half time in the same manner, referee Gavin Ward making the decision after Filip Krovinovic was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box, but Sam Johnstone dived to his left and kept Waghorn's effort out.
Going into the latter stages of the game, Lowe slid in on Pereira on the byline and the Baggies man went to ground, prompting Ward to award the visitors a penalty, which Kenneth Zohore dispatched by sending County goalkeeper Kelle Roos the wrong way - although replays suggested that there was little, if any, contact.
“I didn’t think (it was a penalty),” Lowe told Sky Sports - as quoted by the Derby Telegraph - after the game. “I think you saw my reaction straight away. I asked him and he laughed. I went to block it initially, I didn’t even try to tackle him.
“It’s tough because of what happened in the first half. I think the referee felt obliged to give that penalty... I didn’t go to tackle him, I went to block the cross because I knew Keogh was behind me. It’s one of them, the referee has a hard job to do so I can’t argue about the penalty.”
Up next for the Rams is Tuesday night's Carabao Cup second-round trip to bitter rivals Nottingham Forest.
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