Vital Football

Latest Reading FC News

Royals boss slams ref over 'stonewall penalty'

Royals boss slams ref over 'stonewall penalty'

Reading manager Brian McDermott was disappointed with referee Michael Oliver's decision to not given Adam Le Fondre a penalty in injury time against Stoke on Saturday.

In the dying seconds of the game at the Britannia on Saturday, Le Fondre had appeared to have been impeded by a leg of a Stoke defender, but the 27-year old referee decided not to give it. The 2-1 defeat has now put the Royals back in the relegation zone, after Aston Villa were victorious over West Ham at Villa Park yesterday.

Speaking after his sides defeat to Stoke on Saturday, McDermott told the Official Reading FC website that: 'It's a stonewall penalty. Alfie is gutted, he came straight in and said it was a pen. I've been in to see the referee, unfortunately he hasn't given it. It's last kick of the game, you have to give it.'

'It doesn't matter what the ref said to me because I respect a conversation that takes place in private. I knew at the time it was a penalty, it hasn't gone our way but I'm really disappointed because I felt we deserved something. As a manager sometimes you just have to move on when decisions don't go your way.'


It's hard to say whether that is a concrete penalty on Alf or not. I would not call it a dive, rather making the most of the contact, which Reading's previous number 9, Shane Long, was very good at. Either way, we can't complain too much, all we can do is move onto the next game against Wigan, which will be crucial for us.

Join The Vital Debate



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Josh
Date:Monday February 11 2013
Time: 10:00AM

Login to post a comment

Recent Reading Articles

Stam Hoping To Chat With Manchester United Legend

Jaap Stam left Man United after falling out with Alex Ferguson. After spells with Lazio, AC Milan & Ajax he's become the Reading boss and is hoping to catch up with Fergie next month.

November MotM Nomination - Stam

The November nominations for the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month Award are in.

Match Day Officials v Sheffield Wednesday (10/12/16)

The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against Sheffield Wednesday this weekend.

Samuel Interesting Hull And Bournemouth

Hull and Bournemouth have reportedly shown interest in Dominic Samuel, who has got his first-team chance with Reading this season after previous loans with Coventry and Gillingham.

Archived Vital Reading Articles

Vital Reading articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Reading
Write For Vital Reading
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Fulham MotM
Suggested By:
Al Habsi56%
Gunter22%
McShane0%
van den Berg0%
Blackett0%
Evans0%
Williams0%
Beerens11%
McCleary0%
Obita0%
Samuel0%
Sub - Kelly11%
Sub - Meite0%
Sub - Harriott0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 19 13 1 5 40 21
2 Brighton 19 11 6 2 39 17
3 Reading 19 10 4 5 34 1
4 Leeds Utd 19 10 2 7 32 3
5 Birmingham 19 8 7 4 31 2
6 Sheff Wed 19 9 4 6 31 1
7 Norwich 19 9 3 7 30 4
8 Huddersfield 19 9 3 7 30 -3
9 Derby County 19 8 5 6 29 4
10 Fulham 19 7 7 5 28 9
11 Bristol City 19 8 3 8 27 4
12 Barnsley 19 7 4 8 25 3
13 Forest 19 7 4 8 25 1
14 Preston 19 7 4 8 25 1
15 Aston Villa 19 5 10 4 25 1
16 Ipswich 19 6 6 7 24 -2
17 Q.P.R. 19 6 5 8 23 -8
18 Brentford 19 6 4 9 22 -2
19 Burton 19 5 7 7 22 -4
20 Wolves 19 5 6 8 21 -3
21 Blackburn 19 5 5 9 20 -7
22 Cardiff 19 5 4 10 19 -12
23 Wigan 19 4 6 9 18 -5
24 Rotherham 19 1 4 14 7 -26
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Reading Results (view all)

Reading Fixtures (view all)

Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Sheffield Wednesday (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 13 2016 7:45PM : Leeds United (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 17 2016 3:00PM : Blackburn Rovers (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 26 2016 3:00PM : Norwich City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 30 2016 8:00PM : Fulham (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Jan 2 2017 3:00PM : Bristol City (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Vital Football Comment