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Bristol City   1 - 0   Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock says his side were "cheated" after seeing what he viewed as a valid goal disallowed in defeat by Bristol City.

Freddie Sears' 30th-minute effort crossed the line before bouncing out but officials chose not to award the goal after deliberating.

The Eagles had dominated the game, with Sears and Alan Lee always a threat.

But Nicky Maynard's 90th-minute goal won the match for City after the visitors failed to clear their lines.

Highlights - Bristol City 1-0 Crystal Palace

Bristol City 1-0 Crystal Palace

However, the forward's late strike will inevitably be overshadowed by referee Rob Shoebridge's controversial decision to deny Sears his goal.

The striker, on loan from West Ham, wheeled away in celebration after guiding the ball past Dean Gerken, but he and his team-mates were left bewildered when Shoebridge consulted his officials and pointed to the six-yard box rather than the centre circle.

Warnock angrily confronted the fourth official and, after his appeals to the opposition dug-out went unheeded, refused to shake hands with some City players at the final whistle.

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Palace chairman Simon Jordan waded into the controversy, angrily accusing City players of cheating.

"What troubles me was that the Bristol City players saw what was going on and by saying nothing, that's cheating," he said.

"I don't know how the referee did not see it. The players knew it was a goal, their manager knew it was a goal and they could have done something about it - let us go up the other end and score or something.

"There is a responsibility for doing the right thing."

However, Bristol City chief executive Colin Sexstone vehemently refuted any allegations of cheating.

"We have come to expect this from Warnock and Jordan. They are shouting and bawling without knowing the facts," he said.

"As far as I understand it, the goal was disallowed for an infringement."

UK users can watch all of the action from this game, including the disallowed goal, on the BBC Sport website on Monday


Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock:
"We can put a man on the moon, time serves of 100 miles per hour at Wimbledon, yet we cannot place a couple of sensors in a net to show when a goal has been scored.

"I feel sorry for the referee because he didn't get any help. But how can I mark him when he spoils an otherwise good display with a mistake of that importance?

"I thought Gary Johnson and his players could have shown more sportsmanship because they knew it was a goal, like everyone else. But I'm 60 years old and maybe I expect too much.

"I have a transfer embargo on me and a group of young players working their socks off for the club. They didn't deserve that today.

"We were cheated. And I'm not saying that against the referee because he didn't mean to get it wrong."

Bristol City boss Gary Johnson:
"In Neil's position, I would feel the same as he does.

"Sometimes as the away manager a big decision goes against you, the crowd get on your back and it's very hard to keep things under control.

"It was a goal of course, but I don't see what I could have done about it at the time. I had my own team to think about because we weren't playing well in the first half.

"Neil didn't want to shake my hand and that's up to him. I can't say I was surprised after what had happened, but it's one of those things."

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Saturday, 15 August 2009

Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Bristol City 1-0 Crystal Palace FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Maynard 89

    Bristol City

    • 22 Gerken
    • 02 Orr
    • 03 McAllister
    • 05 McCombe
    • 32 Nyatanga
    • 07 Elliott
    • 11 Hartley (Fontaine 90+3)
    • 14 Skuse yellow card
    • 17 Sproule
    • 09 Clarkson (Akinde 46)
    • 10 Maynard

    Substitutes

    • 35 Basso,
    • 04 Fontaine,
    • 20 Blackman,
    • 25 Wilson,
    • 08 Johnson,
    • 15 Williams,
    • 16 Akinde

    Crystal Palace

    • 01 Speroni
    • 03 Hill
    • 05 McCarthy
    • 06 Fonte
    • 20 Butterfield (Lawrence 90+1)
    • 04 Derry
    • 07 Ambrose (Moses 90)
    • 08 Danns yellow card
    • 33 N'Diaye
    • 16 Sears
    • 19 Lee (Scannell 90)

    Substitutes

    • 12 Flahavan,
    • 02 Clyne,
    • 17 Lawrence,
    • 22 Ertl,
    • 10 Carle,
    • 11 Moses,
    • 14 Scannell
    Ref: ShoebridgeAtt: 14,603
    BRISTOL CITY
    CRYSTAL PALACE

    Possession

    • Bristol City 52%
    • Crystal Palace 48%

    Attempts on target

    • Bristol City 13
    • Crystal Palace 9

    Attempts off target

    • Bristol City 3
    • Crystal Palace 5

    Corners

    • Bristol City 7
    • Crystal Palace 4

    Fouls

    • Bristol City 23
    • Crystal Palace 23
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:52 The referee brings the game to a close.
    • 90:00+4:16 Nicky Maynard gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Neil Danns. Direct free kick taken by Julian Speroni.
    • 90:00+3:36 Foul by Neil Danns on Ivan Sproule, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jamie McAllister.
    • 90:00+3:27 Nicky Maynard takes a shot. Jose Fonte gets a block in.
    • 90:00+1:25 Shaun Derry delivers the ball, Dean Gerken makes a save.
    • 90:00+1:25 Substitution Liam Fontaine joins the action as a substitute, replacing Paul Hartley.
    • 90:00+1:25 Unfair challenge on Neil Danns by Jamie McCombe results in a free kick.
    • 90:00+0:28 Substitution Matthew Lawrence is brought on as a substitute for Danny Butterfield.
    • 89:28 Substitution (Crystal Palace) makes a substitution, with Sean Scannell coming on for Alan Lee.
    • 89:28 Substitution Victor Moses joins the action as a substitute, replacing Darren Ambrose.
    • 88:16 GOAL - Nicky MaynardBristol City 1 - 0 Crystal Palace Nicky Maynard grabs a goal from just outside the area low into the middle of the goal. Bristol City 1-0 Crystal Palace.
    • 86:31 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Jamie McAllister.
    • 86:26 Cole Skuse delivers the ball, Patrick McCarthy manages to make a clearance.
    • 85:40 Cole Skuse fouled by Danny Butterfield, the ref awards a free kick. Dean Gerken restarts play with the free kick.
    • 83:44 Ivan Sproule has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
    • 82:38 Shaun Derry challenges John Akinde unfairly and gives away a free kick. Dean Gerken takes the free kick.
    • 82:00 Paul Hartley concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Lee. Clint Hill crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, clearance by Marvin Elliott.
    • 81:08 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Jamie McAllister.
    • 81:00 Ivan Sproule takes a shot. Clint Hill gets a block in.
    • 80:51 Nicky Maynard takes a shot. Patrick McCarthy gets a block in.
    • 80:18 Darren Ambrose takes a shot. Dean Gerken makes a comfortable save.
    • 78:38 Booking Neil Danns receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 78:31 Neil Danns challenges John Akinde unfairly and gives away a free kick. Bradley Orr takes the free kick.
    • 77:45 Lewin Nyatanga challenges Alan Lee unfairly and gives away a free kick. Darren Ambrose fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
    • 76:25 Corner taken by Darren Ambrose from the right by-line, Bradley Orr manages to make a clearance.
    • 76:19 The ball is delivered by Jose Fonte, clearance by Jamie McAllister.
    • 75:55 Darren Ambrose takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Jamie McAllister.
    • 74:31 Darren Ambrose takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Lewin Nyatanga manages to make a clearance.
    • 73:23 Paul Hartley concedes a free kick for a foul on Neil Danns. Darren Ambrose produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, blocked by Lewin Nyatanga.
    • 73:02 The referee blows for offside against John Akinde. Indirect free kick taken by Clint Hill.
    • 72:08 Jamie McCombe challenges Alassane N'Diaye unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Danny Butterfield, Jamie McCombe manages to make a clearance.
    • 71:32 Alassane N'Diaye challenges Marvin Elliott unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Marvin Elliott.
    • 70:09 Ivan Sproule fouled by Danny Butterfield, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Jamie McAllister, Foul by Jamie McCombe on Patrick McCarthy, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Julian Speroni.
    • 67:42 A cross is delivered by Patrick McCarthy, save by Dean Gerken.
    • 67:08 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie McAllister on Neil Danns. Danny Butterfield crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing.
    • 66:08 Jamie McAllister takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Alassane N'Diaye manages to make a clearance.
    • 65:40 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Paul Hartley.
    • 65:30 Nicky Maynard takes a shot. Blocked by Danny Butterfield.
    • 64:49 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Hartley by Shaun Derry. Jamie McAllister takes the free kick.
    • 63:43 Cole Skuse gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Darren Ambrose. Julian Speroni takes the free kick.
    • 63:39 Marvin Elliott crosses the ball, Danny Butterfield makes a clearance.
    • 62:37 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie McAllister on Freddie Sears. Danny Butterfield crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 61:09 Jose Fonte gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Akinde. Shot comes in from Paul Hartley from the free kick.
    • 59:10 Clint Hill sends in a cross, Alassane N'Diaye takes a shot. Bradley Orr makes a clearance.
    • 58:44 The assistant referee flags for offside against Nicky Maynard. Free kick taken by Jose Fonte.
    • 58:08 Freddie Sears takes a shot. Dean Gerken makes a save.
    • 58:03 The ball is crossed by Alassane N'Diaye, clearance by Jamie McCombe.
    • 56:51 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Paul Hartley, Jamie McCombe produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 56:46 Centre by Ivan Sproule, Patrick McCarthy makes a clearance.
    • 54:43 Alan Lee has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 54:32 Darren Ambrose takes a shot. Blocked by Lewin Nyatanga.
    • 53:34 Shot by Freddie Sears from 18 yards. Comfortable save by Dean Gerken.
    • 53:24 The ball is sent over by Bradley Orr, Danny Butterfield makes a clearance.
    • 51:42 Marvin Elliott challenges Alassane N'Diaye unfairly and gives away a free kick. Darren Ambrose crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.
    • 51:17 The assistant referee flags for offside against Paul Hartley. Free kick taken by Julian Speroni.
    • 51:05 John Akinde takes a shot. Save by Julian Speroni.
    • 49:22 Alassane N'Diaye fouled by Marvin Elliott, the ref awards a free kick. Darren Ambrose has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
    • 48:06 Corner taken by Darren Ambrose from the right by-line, Header from close in by Patrick McCarthy misses to the left of the goal.
    • 47:56 The ball is sent over by Alassane N'Diaye, clearance made by Lewin Nyatanga.
    • 47:26 Cole Skuse challenges Shaun Derry unfairly and gives away a free kick. Julian Speroni takes the direct free kick.
    • 45:54 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jose Fonte on John Akinde. Paul Hartley has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
    • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
    • 45:01 Substitution John Akinde on for David Clarkson.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+3:50 It is the end of the first-half.
    • 45:00+3:20 Alan Lee challenges Jamie McCombe unfairly and gives away a free kick. Bradley Orr restarts play with the free kick.
    • 45:00+0:56 Freddie Sears gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marvin Elliott. Paul Hartley crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Julian Speroni makes a comfortable save.
    • 45:00+0:18 Unfair challenge on Jamie McCombe by Alan Lee results in a free kick. Lewin Nyatanga takes the direct free kick.
    • 44:41 Unfair challenge on Jose Fonte by Ivan Sproule results in a free kick. Julian Speroni takes the direct free kick.
    • 44:28 Unfair challenge on Marvin Elliott by Alassane N'Diaye results in a free kick. Jamie McAllister takes the free kick.
    • 43:51 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alassane N'Diaye by Jamie McAllister. Danny Butterfield restarts play with the free kick.
    • 42:26 Unfair challenge on Neil Danns by Paul Hartley results in a free kick. Julian Speroni takes the free kick.
    • 39:59 Jose Fonte challenges Ivan Sproule unfairly and gives away a free kick. The ball is crossed by Jamie McAllister, Jamie McCombe takes a shot. Save made by Julian Speroni.
    • 39:07 The ball is delivered by Nicky Maynard, Julian Speroni makes a comfortable save.
    • 38:54 Neil Danns delivers the ball, clearance made by Bradley Orr.
    • 38:42 The ball is swung over by Jose Fonte, Paul Hartley makes a clearance.
    • 37:18 Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Hartley on Neil Danns. Julian Speroni restarts play with the free kick.
    • 35:54 Booking Cole Skuse goes into the book.
    • 35:48 Alan Lee fouled by Cole Skuse, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Danny Butterfield.
    • 33:20 Effort from inside the area by Freddie Sears strikes the post.
    • 32:48 Ivan Sproule is adjudged to have handled the ball. Indirect free kick taken by Julian Speroni.
    • 32:05 Ivan Sproule takes a shot. Save by Julian Speroni.
    • 31:40 A cross is delivered by Jamie McAllister, Jose Fonte manages to make a clearance.
    • 30:54 Foul by Neil Danns on Marvin Elliott, free kick awarded. Cole Skuse takes the free kick.
    • 29:28 The assistant referee signals for offside against Darren Ambrose. Indirect free kick taken by Dean Gerken.
    • 27:40 Darren Ambrose challenges Cole Skuse unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Hartley fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
    • 25:26 The offside flag is raised against David Clarkson. Julian Speroni takes the indirect free kick.
    • 25:15 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Hartley by Alassane N'Diaye. Free kick taken by Paul Hartley.
    • 24:46 Foul by Bradley Orr on Jose Fonte, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Julian Speroni.
    • 24:31 Nicky Maynard takes a shot. Blocked by Patrick McCarthy.
    • 24:01 Corner taken by Jamie McAllister from the right by-line played to the near post, Alassane N'Diaye manages to make a clearance.
    • 23:55 Jamie McAllister crosses the ball, Clint Hill makes a clearance.
    • 23:16 Freddie Sears takes a shot. Save made by Dean Gerken.
    • 20:56 Alan Lee takes a shot. Save by Dean Gerken.
    • 20:26 Neil Danns fouled by Marvin Elliott, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Shaun Derry.
    • 19:19 Danny Butterfield crosses the ball, Jamie McCombe manages to make a clearance.
    • 19:06 The ball is sent over by Neil Danns, clearance made by Lewin Nyatanga.
    • 18:08 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ivan Sproule by Clint Hill. Direct free kick taken by Paul Hartley.
    • 16:30 Jamie McCombe concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Lee. Danny Butterfield takes the free kick.
    • 16:19 Nicky Maynard takes a shot. Clearance by Alassane N'Diaye.
    • 15:05 Neil Danns sends in a cross, Dean Gerken makes a comfortable save.
    • 13:51 Freddie Sears takes a shot. Blocked by Jamie McAllister.
    • 13:12 Alan Lee concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamie McCombe. Dean Gerken restarts play with the free kick.
    • 12:36 Foul by Marvin Elliott on Alassane N'Diaye, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Clint Hill.
    • 11:05 Danny Butterfield concedes a free kick for a foul on Marvin Elliott. Paul Hartley crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Alan Lee makes a clearance.
    • 10:45 Clint Hill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marvin Elliott. Direct free kick taken by Dean Gerken.
    • 9:58 Nicky Maynard is ruled offside. Julian Speroni restarts play with the free kick.
    • 8:11 Inswinging corner taken by Jamie McAllister, Jamie McCombe takes a shot. Clearance made by Patrick McCarthy.
    • 8:07 Centre by Marvin Elliott, clearance by Jose Fonte.
    • 7:21 The ball is sent over by Bradley Orr, clearance made by Danny Butterfield.
    • 6:23 The referee blows for offside against Ivan Sproule. Julian Speroni restarts play with the free kick.
    • 3:51 Free kick awarded for a foul by Alan Lee on Jamie McCombe. Direct free kick taken by Lewin Nyatanga.
    • 2:54 Neil Danns concedes a free kick for a foul on Lewin Nyatanga. Dean Gerken takes the direct free kick.
    • 1:49 Foul by Marvin Elliott on Alassane N'Diaye, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Clint Hill.
    • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

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    Championship results

    15 Aug 2009 23:59 UK

    Home Team Score Away Team Time
    Barnsley 0-2 Coventry R
    Blackpool 1-1 Cardiff R
    Bristol City 1-0 Crystal Palace R
    Doncaster 1-1 Preston R
    Ipswich 0-0 Leicester R
    Newcastle 3-0 Reading R
    Nottm Forest 0-1 West Brom R
    Peterborough 1-1 Sheff Wed R
    Plymouth 1-1 QPR R
    Scunthorpe 3-2 Derby R
    Sheff Utd 2-0 Watford R
    Swansea 0-3 Middlesbrough R

    Championship table snapshot

    As it stood on 15 Aug 2009 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Coventry 2 3 6
    2 Cardiff 2 4 4
    3 Newcastle 2 3 4
    4 Middlesbrough 2 3 4
    5 Sheff Utd 2 2 4
    6 Bristol City 2 1 4
    7 Leicester 2 1 4
    8 West Brom 2 1 4
    9 Derby 2 0 3
    10 Scunthorpe 2 -3 3
    11 Preston 2 0 2
    12 Sheff Wed 2 0 2
    13 Blackpool 2 0 2
    14 Doncaster 2 0 2
    15 Plymouth 2 0 2
    16 QPR 2 0 2
    17 Peterborough 2 -1 1
    18 Crystal Palace 2 -1 1
    19 Ipswich 2 -1 1
    20 Nottm Forest 2 -1 1
    21 Barnsley 2 -2 1
    22 Watford 2 -2 1
    23 Reading 2 -3 1
    24 Swansea 2 -4 0


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