Huddersfield Town’s Duane Holmes offered an honest and magnanimous view on the two contentious penalty decisions during the 1-1 draw away to Luton Town in the first leg of the play-off semi-final on Friday evening.
Holmes felt his side should have been given a penalty less than ten seconds into the game after Harry Toffolo appeared to be pushed over while challenging to meet an Ollie Turton cross to the back post, but admitted the Terriers got away with one later in the half when Huddersfield-born Cameron Jerome was caught by Naby Sarr inside the box.
Speaking live on Sky Sports, Holmes said of the Toffolo penalty claim: “On first look it definitely looked like a pen. The kick off is something we’ve worked on all week and then it nearly worked, it’s probably a penalty.
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“But saying that they probably should have had a penalty when Cameron Jerome got brought down. I think the ref might not have given that one because he didn’t give ours, but we had 90 minutes to win the game and we’re still in the tie.”
The two goals both came in the first half courtesy of Danel Sinani and Luton skipper Sonny Bradley, setting up a tense encounter at the John Smith’s Stadium in the second leg on Monday night.
Asked if he’d have taken that result before kick off, Holmes replied: “Yeah, one hundred percent. It’s a game of two legs and we’re going back to our place now still in the tie. Obviously it’s disappointing to concede that sort of goal when we’ve been so good at defending set plays all year, but that’s football. We’ll dust ourselves off and go again Monday.”
He added: “All season we’ve had that game-by-game mentality and it’s got us to where we are, so we just go again, go to win the game.”
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