Moxey: Spurs penalty decision against me was harsh
SELHURST Park will be a difficult place to go for any Premier League side, according to Palace defender Dean Moxey.
It was Moxey who unwittingly handled an Aaron Lennon cross 50 minutes into his top flight debut to concede the penalty which condemned the Eagles to a narrow 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Tottenham.
The home side looked relatively comfortable and had contained Spurs to just a handful of half chances until five minutes after the break when the unlucky Moxey slid in to block a Lennon cross, only for the ball to strike his outstretched arm.
It was certainly a case of ball to hand, but the former Exeter and Derby left-back could understand why referee Mark Clattenburg pointed to the spot even if he felt it was a harsh decision.
The 27-year-old couldn’t hide his frustration afterwards.
“It was a tough game against a top five side but we went into it confident we would get something.
“Unfortunately for me I gave away a penalty and that was that. I thought it was a harsh decision.
“I was diving in to block the cross and the ball has taken a nick off of my leg and hit my arm so I could see why the referee has given it but I think it might have been a little bit harsh because there was nothing I could do to avoid it.”
Despite his obvious disappointment, Moxey believes Palace’s performance produced plenty of signs they can confound the critics and beat the drop this season.
He explained: “We gave a good account of ourselves today.
“You’ve got to look towards the positive things we have done today because Tottenham are a good team and we have pressed them all the way.
“We worked well as a team, put them under pressure towards the end and could have nicked a goal ourselves, so we are happy with the performance but disappointed with how we have conceded.
“I don’t think a lot of clubs will like coming here.
“Our support was fantastic last year and now there are even more of them, which will be intimidating for any visiting side.
“It is going to be a long season but a good season, and we are looking forward to it.”
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