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Hughes and Wagner at odds over penalty appeals

Huddersfield 1 Stoke City 1

By Liam Blackburn

Mark Hughes bemoaned a penalty that Stoke were not given at Huddersfield, though disagreed with David Wagner's assertion the Terriers should also have had one in their 1-1 draw.

An entertaining contest might have produced a winner if referee Anthony Taylor had pointed to the spot at either end in the second period.

Taylor was unmoved as Potters midfielder Joe Allen, trying to fend off Aaron Mooy, went to ground and upended the Australian before reaching the ball, and the referee was also uninterested shortly after when Terriers defender Christopher Schindler appeared to trip Mame Diouf.

Hughes felt both decisions should have gone Stoke's way, with Wagner arguing Taylor was wrong in each instance during a contest where Tom Ince's first Premier League goal since February 2014 was cancelled out by Ramadan Sobhi's second in four days.

"We feel a little bit aggrieved because it was a clear penalty on Mame Diouf," Hughes claimed.

"He got his legs taken from him, the referee needs to give it. Whether or not he was influenced because the home crowd seemed to think it was a foul by Allen on Mooy... I don't think he was ever in good possession of the ball and Joe's just shepherded the ball away from danger.

"Whether that's influenced the referee, you'd have to ask him. It's another key moment that has gone against us, we've had a number in recent weeks."

When Hughes' view on the Allen incident was put to Wagner, he replied: "This is a big surprise because he is long enough in the football business to judge this situation usually right.

"We for sure have to get the penalty in this one situation. It was a clear penalty when it was 1-1.

"I haven't seen the Stoke situation on video but I have seen it from my standpoint and I thought this is a penalty maybe as well. We have seen two situations where maybe two penalties (should) be given."

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