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Mousinho Pleads Innocence Over Penalty

16 March 2013

John Mousinho admitted that the players were sick at conceding such a late penalty to deny them a draw.

The midfielder was involved in the games most controversial moment when, along with Stuart Beavon, he was deemed to have fouled Sam Saunders in the dying embers of the contest allowing the referee to point to the spot.

Saunders made the most of the opportunity and the point that the players had worked so hard for, slipped away.

Speaking about the incident, Mous said: “Stuart Beavon came from Saunders left hand side and I came from the right hand side, I just hit the ball away with my left foot, I managed to get my foot in there and the referee obviously interpreted it differently and said that two players had sandwiched the one.

“I tried to plead with him, to tell him that I had won the ball and it didn’t seem like a penalty at the time.”

In a game played on a poor surface, both sides struggled to get the ball down and pass it, which seemed to suit the hosts more than the Lilywhites.

“I thought we worked exceptionally hard throughout the 90 plus minutes and it wasn’t easy playing on that pitch and playing against a team that has that style of play but I thought we coped with it really well.

“We settled well into the game and felt quite comfortable, albeit not pushing forward too much, not looking too dangerous on the attack, but to lose in that manner, the fact that we thought the penalty decision was a bit harsh it was really sickening.

“Brentford are very direct, they didn’t try to hide that and we were ready for it with the shape in the first half.

“In the second half we got a lot better grip on the game and we changed our formation to bring a third member into the midfield and I think that helped change the game.

“That really nullified their threat, which was getting it forward to their big front men and trying to get seconds of that, so I think once that was taken out the game they were reduced to a few long range shots and crosses and for the most part we dealt with them really well.

“We were organised, we conceded a couple of chances early on but I think we really did settle into the game and it was reflection of the sides work rate and the fact that if some player made a mistake there were plenty of others to back them up and Declan Rudd made a couple of great saves to get us out of trouble but I think overall, the hardest part is we put in a great work rate for over 90 minutes and didn’t come away with any points.”

Despite attacking the superb 818 North End fans during the second half, the visitors were unable to find a way through, but their support throughout the game was appreciated by the players.

“Considering we are in the bottom half of the league it is unbelievable,” added Mousinho when asked about the Gentry. 

“With the added special day it was quite amusing bringing the hats out just before kick-off so that added a lot to the game and again they were consistently out singing the home fans.”

Central midfielder John Welsh was forced off in the first half after suffering a foot injury when gave the one time former Brentford player some much needed playing time.

And if Welsh was to miss out next week, Mousinho would be more than ready to step up to the plate.

He continued: “It is always a double edged sword, my fortune with coming on is Welshy’s misfortune and hopefully he will be okay and hopefully he won’t be out too much longer but I am always prepared to come on, always ready and it was good to get a bit of playing time but a bit disappointing that it came in a loss.

“It was good to be back out there in a competitive environment.”

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