Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock claims ref ‘doesn’t like Paddy McNair’ after Luton draw

PADDY MCNAIR should steer clear of referee Jeremy Simpson believes Boro chief Neil Warnock.

Plenty to say: Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock after the 1-1 draw at Luton Town. Picture: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

The Hatters took the lead through Glen Rea’s third goal of the campaign after 19 minutes only to concede an equaliser within 60 seconds of the restart, with Duncan Watmore left totally unmarked to nod in Marvin Johnson’s cross.

After the break, though, Elijah Adebayo’s penalty claims were turned away by referee Simpson, who then gave a spot-kick when McNair was adjudged to have tripped Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, only for James Collins to see his effort easily saved by Jordan Archer.

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Warnock said: “I don’t think it was a penalty, he’s slipped hasn’t he? You can see can’t you, there’s no contact with the man.

“I think he gave that as he probably thought the first one might have been a penalty, so I think that would have influenced him, or he just doesn’t like Paddy as he sent Paddy off last time against Huddersfield and we got that card rescinded.

“So I’ve just said to Paddy, it must be just you he doesn’t like.”

Of the result, he said: “Nathan (Luton chief Jones) has got a real honest, hard-working side and I think we had to work hard to get that result.

“It was two honest sides both giving everything they’ve got and I thought we deserved that.”

Jones felt the draw showed why his side have not made the leap to be in with a shout of making the play-offs. “I think that’s why we’re not top eight and pushing for top six at the minute as we’ve missed so many opportunities.”

Luton Town: Sluga, Bree, Pearson, Bradley, Naismith, Mpanzu, Rea; ornick (Moncur 73), Dewsbury-Hall, Adebayo, Collins (Nombe 83). Unused substitutes: Shea, Cranie, Potts, Tunnicliffe, LuaLua, Morrell, Pereira.

Middlesbrough: Archer, Hall, Bola, McNair, Howson, Kebano, Saville; Coulson, Johnson, Bolasie (Coburn 83); Watmore. Unused substitutes: Robinson, Bettinelli, Spence, Hackney, Malley, Kokolo.

Referee: J Simpson (Lancashire).

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