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Never A Penalty For Mel

Head coach Pepe Mel has bemoaned the decision of the referee to award a penalty when Shane Long 'tumbled' in the box in today's game.

Long went over, to put it politely, on the half hour mark, and Hull took the lead through the rebound as Foster saved the penalty, before Long then sealed the game for them shortly after.

Now apparently some fans confronted him after the match and there will no doubt be plenty of headlines about that as it plays out and what actually happened is known, but Long himself has admitted it was very soft but was adamant he was clipped.

For Mel that will make no difference though.

Speaking to wba.co.uk following the game, Mel was adamant that the penalty award changed the focus of the game and ultimately cost us a share of the points if not potentially all three.

'I think their penalty was a bad decision by the referee. In the second half we had the same situation when Morrison was fouled and the referee does not whistle - it was a penalty. But we continue because every week the table changes. In my head I always think to win. Today it was not possible but Fulham, Cardiff and Sunderland all lost. The next game is a big one for us.'

Mel still has hope that we will avoid relegation this season and he's taking that mainly it seems from the fact that there are four teams below us in the table but we simply can't rely on that staying the same of the coming games and need to get results ourselves and Cardiff could be a big decider in that.

Goalkeeper Ben Foster has also chipped in on the penalty award, saying it was definitely not a foul.

'I can't believe it was given to be honest. I haven't seen a replay but from where I was standing, 12ft away, I couldn't believe it. It happened at Palace a few weeks back as well. No penalty, definitely no penalty. It's a big turning point in the game, and it completely changes the game.'

Foster says that everyone in the dressing room and half time and full time felt very hard done by because they know it changed the momentum of the match seriously in Hull's favour, especially the way they lock up after going ahead and it made it very difficult for us to try and get back into the game - and ultimately we couldn't.

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Date:Saturday March 22 2014

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