Ronald Koeman has bemoaned the officiating in Southampton’s loss to Leicester, claiming that the Saints deserved two penalties.
Wes Morgan scored the only goal of the game as the Foxes extended their lead at the top of the table to seven points, but Koeman has a right to feel aggrieved seeing as Michael Oliver rejected two clear penalty claims.
Danny Simpson was the target of the first claim, having blocked Sadio Mane’s shot after the pacy attacker had rounded Kasper Schmeichel.
The attempt hit Simpson on the arm, although it was pulled up to his body, and Oliver was not convinced there was a deliberate arm-to-ball movement.
The second shout from the Saints came in the second period, after Robert Huth also handled the ball.
A low cross from Charlie Austin smashed the German centre-back on his arm, which was extended away from his body, but, once again, the officials rejected the penalty claims.
The game may have been very different if either of the calls had been given as spot-kicks, and Koeman believes Southampton were wrongly denied the two penalties.
The Dutch manager said: “I think we deserved two penalties, that’s the third time in a row, Stoke, Liverpool and today. It’s a key moment in the game.”
The chance of Mane is handball off his [Simpson’s] arm. It’s a penalty and it’s a red card. It makes it totally different and the second is the cross of Charlie Austin, defended by handball.
The South Coast club started the game poorly, but grew into the game, and Koeman believes his players dominated the tie after Leicester scored.
“I think we had a sloppy start in the beginning, but after that we controlled the game,” he added.
“In the second half we dominated the game with some good football. We didn’t have the sharpness in the box.”