Angry Middlesbrough chief Neil Warnock expecting another apology

Neil Warnock laughed off his comment that Swansea are benefiting from controversial refereeing decisions because manager Steve Cooper’s father Keith was a former top-flight official.

Seething: Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock confronts referee Gavin Ward.
Seething: Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock confronts referee Gavin Ward.

Warnock’s Middlesbrough were beaten 2-1 at Swansea as Andre Ayew converted a penalty in the seventh minute of stoppage time – the second time in four days that the Welsh side have scored a late spot-kick to win.

“The penalty at Stoke the other night was scandalous,” said Warnock.

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“They must be laughing their heads off at the minute but what goes around comes around. I’m sure we’ll see Swansea (in the Championship) next year.

“They can’t keep having that much luck with penalties. I don’t know if it’s Cooper’s dad who’s influencing this.

“He must have all the numbers. It’s the only thing I can think of but, joking apart, they can’t keep having decisions like that.”

Warnock predicted he would receive another apology from referees’ chief Alan Wiley after Boro’s play-off hopes were dented.

Boro were denied a point – Sam Morsy had stuck at the start of stoppage-time to cancel out Ayew’s first effort after 40 minutes – when referee Gavin Ward, having initially pointed for a corner, awarded Swansea a penalty.

The visitors were also denied what appeared a legitimate goal at the start of the second half when Marc Bola’s long-range effort was disallowed.

“I’m sure I’ll get an apology now from Alan Wiley as I’ve had three or four in the last six weeks,” said Warnock. “I’ve had that many apologies I don’t know what to do with them.

“There were three things. (Ryan) Manning takes (Anfernee) Dijksteel out and not one of the officials see it. It’s a serious offence and he’s comes off injured, no booking and that’s wrong.

“With the goal he thought it was a free-kick to them, he hadn’t seen (Yannick) Bolasie win the ball. It’s either a penalty or a goal.

“I’m a little bit bewildered about the penalty. He pointed for a corner kick, but he assures me that when he thought about it that George didn’t get any of the ball and it was a penalty. I asked ‘why did you point to the corner flag? Were you guessing?’ But that’s what he said.”

Swansea City: Woodman, Naughton, Cabango, Guehi, Roberts, Fulton, Grimes; Manning (Bidwell 73), Smith (Lowe 67), Hourihane; Ayew. Unused substitutes: Bennett, Whittaker, Hamer, Arriola, Dhanda, Latibeaudiere, O Cooper.

Middlesbrough: Bettinelli, Fry, Hall, McNair, Morsy; Dijksteel (Spence 16), Saville, Howson, Bola (Johnson 77); Bolasie (Kebano 66), Watmore (Akpom 46), Spence (Mendez-Laing 78). Unused substitutes: Archer, Fisher.

Referee: G Ward (Surrey).

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