Nigel Clough's penalty frustration as Derby County draw 1-1 with Championship leaders Cardiff City
NIGEL Clough felt Derby County were denied a late penalty in last night's 1-1 draw against Championship leaders Cardiff City.
Ten-man Cardiff were holding on when their midfielder Peter Whittingham appeared to block Paul Coutts cross with his arm.
The crowd roared for a penalty and the players turned to the referee, who waved away the appeals.
"One of these days we will get a penalty!" said Clough.
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"I think when the whole crowd go up like that, then you know. You are perhaps looking at the assistant over there to give it but the lads are absolutely adamant – it was blatant."
Heidar Helguson gave Cardiff a 10th-minute lead but the visitors were reduced to 10 men shortly after the hour when Craig Noone was sent off for a second bookable offence.
Theo Robinson levelled for Derby in the 69th minute and "super-sub" Nathan Tyson had a header cleared off the line.
Clough felt the draw was a good result.
"It was after going 1-0 down to the league leaders," said the manager. "It was a poor goal we conceded, that was the most disappointing aspect of the evening.
"Adam (Legzdins) just misjudged it. I think he was just trying to tip the ball over the bar. But Michael Jacobs miskicked his clearance and then didn't stop the cross, so it was a couple of things that disappointed us.
"Cardiff have some very experienced players and they are difficult to break down.
"We didn't just want to lump it into the box because they have two six-foot centre- halves in there who can head it clear, so we were trying to play our way in, which we did for the goal."