Puel denies striker diving claim

Boss Claude Puel has defended Shane Long after the Southampton striker was accused of diving in the EFL Cup clash with Crystal Palace.

Southampton: Puel denies striker diving claimSouthampton: Puel denies striker diving claim

The Republic of Ireland international was brought down by Palace defender Martin Kelly during the first-half and referee James Adcock had no hesitations in pointing to the penalty spot.

Charlie Austin scored the resulting penalty en route to the Saints securing a 2-0 victory over the Eagles, Jake Hesketh with the other as the St Mary’s outfit set up a fourth round tie with Sunderland.

After the game a disappointed Palace boss Alan Pardew questioned the award of the penalty, stating the Long had “history” of simulation after he was booked at the weekend for diving.

Puel denied that accusation though, claiming Kelly’s challenge had been rash.

He said: “It was dangerous the tackle of the defender on Shane. I am afraid that he was injured, that he take a yellow card.

“I think it’s important for the yellow card for this dangerous tackle from behind.

“I didn’t know if the second half he can play because he takes an important tackle. Dangerous.”

When asked about the game in general, the Frenchman added: “I think I can see this game and the difference between the two teams.

“I don’t see chances for Crystal Palace. Strong in defence and good in attack and I think it is logic to win the game and I don’t look after other things.

“I stay with my analysis and I see a very good team, my team, and my players and I am very happy for this performance and the quality of the team and the respect of a good organisation also. This is important.”

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