Neil Warnock & The Phantom Goal

Sometimes, one has to wonder whether this sort of thing follows Neil Warnock around. In 2007, Sheffield United were relegated on the last day of the season after Carlos Tevez scored an unlikely winner for West Ham United at Old Trafford. In February 2008, he accused a linesman of celebrating a goal for Bristol City in a match against his Crystal Palace team. Last weekend, in what threatened to overshadow everything else that took place over the three divisions of the Football League, Crystal Palace ran into more problems at Ashton Gate with a “goal that never was” in their Championship match against – again – Bristol City. They had been playing for half an hour at Ashton Gate on Saturday when Palace’s Freddie Sears drove the ball past the onrushing Bristol City goalkeeper Dean Gerken and into the bottom corner of the net. Except for one small detail. The ball bounced up off the metal rim that holds the net down and bounced out. The referee and his assistants presumably thought that the ball bounced out off the post and refused to give a goal. In the final minutes of the match, insult was layered upon injury when Nicky Maynard scored the only goal (that was awarded) of the match for Bristol City. Cue an expected amount of apoplexy from Warnock and the Crystal Palace owner, Simon Jordan....

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