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Paying the penalty

20 August 2014

Gary Bowyer has called on something to be done about how crucial decisions in football matches are made.

Not for the first time during his time as Rovers boss, Bowyer was left to rue decisions made by officials that proved pivotal as they slipped to a 3-1 loss away to Norwich City.

Leading 1-0 at Carrow Road on Tuesday night, Rovers had what looked like a stonewall penalty turned down after a Norwich man handled in the area. Then, to add insult to injury, the home side were awarded a soft penalty of their own.

"In this day and age of modern technology I think something has got to be done because it is so costly," said Bowyer after the game.

"If we get a penalty at 1-0 we go 2-0 up, it was a massive key defining moment. The ball is going into the net, there isn't that much of a debate, it is going in the net when he saves it with his hand.

"Unfortunately away from home we don't seem to be getting the rub of the green.

"We had eleven penalties given against us last year and now it looks like it has started already so soon into the season.

"We should have had one against Cardiff but we don't get given that one, and now we should have had one tonight, and yet we concede one.

"It needs to be looked at, not just for me and for Blackburn Rovers but for the good of the game.

"We can talk to the powers that be but it can't change the result."

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