Skip to main content Skip to site footer
First Team News

DJ Rues Decisive Penalty Decision

2 January 2021

First Team News

DJ Rues Decisive Penalty Decision

2 January 2021

Daniel Johnson rued the penalty decision which ultimately cost Preston North End the points against Nottingham Forest.

Match Reports

Preston North End 0 Nottingham Forest 1

2 January 2021

Referee Tim Robinson pointed to the spot for a handball against Darnell Fisher and Lewis Grabban slotted home the penalty, but DJ had issues with both the awarding of the spot kick and the penalty itself.

He told iFollow PNE: “First of all, I don’t think it’s a penalty. I think your natural reaction when you’re falling on the floor is to put your hands out to protect yourself.

“Darnell’s falling to the floor and naturally puts his arm out to protect himself and someone smashes the ball at him from two yards away – there’s nothing you can do about that. Even for him to hesitate and take about ten seconds for him to even give the pen just sums it up for me.

“Then the penalty is what it is. Me standing it behind it I’ve seen it clearly, it’s hit his standing leg, how he’s not seen it I don’t know. It’s a difficult one, a sore one because I felt we’ve done enough to get over the line.

“The chances we didn’t take them, we weren’t ruthless enough, but I think if the game’s still at 0-0, it’s a completely different game. Obviously, they’ve got something to hold on to which means defensively they become more solid and it becomes more difficult.”

In the first 45, the game was relatively cagey with both sides sizing each other up and the game then opened up in the second half.

First Team News

Alex Believes Penalty Incident ‘Tainted’ Game

2 January 2021

North End created more chances in the second 45 and were twice denied by the crossbar – firstly Tom Barkhuizen and then Ben Davies.

DJ said: “First half was just kind of working our way into the game just to feel it out. Second half I think we played some really, really good stuff and we looked like ourselves.

“The onus was on us to go and impose how we want to play instead of being a bit cagey. But I thought we played some really good stuff to find some good pockets and we looked dangerous.

“The game opened up really nicely for us second half. We got the ball moving, we got the balance, people dropping into pockets, people running in behind, keeping that constant threat. It’s just unfortunate for us today that it didn’t go in.”

Saturday’s loss comes after three consecutive wins and clean sheets for North End, so to lose the game on a poor decision was something which has frustrated PNE’s No.11.

He said: “It’s been a really good period for us. To lose the game how we lost the game is just frustrating because we’ve done more than enough to get the points today.

“I thought everyone played well over the course of the team, from the back to the front, we’ve done more than enough.

“I don’t think Declan had a save to make in the second half so that shows that we didn’t deserve to lose the game, but we need to put the ball in the back of the net and obviously for them they did that today.”

Watch DJ’s full interview with iFollow PNE at the top of the page.

Advertisement block

iFollow Next Match Tickets Account