Norwich City’s Ryan Bennett gets support from West Ham’s Winston Reid over penalty decision

Ryan Bennett and Harry Kane are in disbelief as a penalty is awarded against them by referee Mark Clattenburg in the second minute at West Ham. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Ryan Bennett and Harry Kane are in disbelief as a penalty is awarded against them by referee Mark Clattenburg in the second minute at West Ham. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Friday, January 4, 2013
10:17 AM

Ryan Bennett has received backing from the most unlikely source for his role in Norwich City’s New Year’s Day penalty setback at West Ham – Irons’ centre back Winston Reid, the man Bennett was adjudged to have fouled at Upton Park.

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Referee Mark Clattenburg pointed to the spot just two minutes into City’s 2-1 Premier League defeat in the East End after penalising Bennett for a shirt pull on the New Zealander.

Mark Noble rifled home the penalty to set the Hammers on their way, but Chris Hughton and his players were adamant afterwards the Canaries had been hard done by.

Now Reid has admitted he felt some sympathy towards his fellow defender after playing a pivotal role in the early penalty incident.

“It wasn’t the biggest penalty appeal,” he said. “He was pulling my shirt, but, you know, sometimes you get them and sometimes you don’t.

“When you look at most games in the Premier League there is an incident like that almost every time the ball goes into the box and rarely do they result in penalties.

“I think if I had been defending that situation, I would have been disappointed, but fortunately we got the break we needed.”

Bennett preferred to adopt a philosophical tone at Colney yesterday when pressed for his version of events.

“It is one of those things,” he said. “I spoke to the referee afterwards and he told me his opinion – that is just how it is. We move on. He said it was in the laws of the game and in his eyes it was a penalty. That is something I just have to accept and you can’t dwell on it. It is his decision, he is the referee. I shook his hand and walked off. What I wanted to do was go in and do well so it was not the best of starts (for me) but it is something you have to deal with.”

Bennett insists the belief remains steadfast where it matters most after a wretched festive spell of four consecutive league defeats.

“People are a little bit upset because we’re losing but when we were 10 unbeaten everyone was applauding, so it’s swings and roundabouts,” he said. “The run we went on was unbelievable. I think people forget that quickly. The last few results haven’t gone our way but I’m sure we’ll turn that around.

“The lads are going to work as hard as we always work and that’s the recipe for our success. I’m sure the results will turn in our favour again. Inside the dressing room, we’re still confident, we know we can continue to work hard and get results.

“We’re on a bit of a bad run losing four but we’ll try to turn that around and get as many positive results as we can until the end of the season.”

Bennett is relishing the prospect of his first competitive Peterborough return this weekend since leaving London Road in the last January transfer window.

The 22-year-old knows what to expect against his former team-mates, but dismisses any potential benefit that may accrue from his inside knowledge.

“I speak to a few of the players but football’s football. I know some of them, the way they play and how the team will be structured,” he said. “But that’s not my job. My job will be to go out there and play for Norwich and counteract that. We have to play how we want to and hopefully we’ll go and beat them.”

13 comments

  • Yes SussexYellow, I think most of us agree that it WAS a foul, if a bit soft. The big complaint is the complete lack of consistency in the refereeing, if you'd read the posts with more care you might have noticed that.

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    DocOhNo

    Friday, January 4, 2013

  • yes, it was a foul BUT so was the handball, and Kane was taken out. Penalties all round 1 given for the home team and 2 not given to the away team. I will take football played to the rules as long as the rules are applied consistently. While they are not the useless little prig in the middle must accept all the grief he gets.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Friday, January 4, 2013

  • Perhaps referees should be replaced by cyborgs installed with a Random Decision Programme. At least there`d be no bias and robots wouldn`t be sensitive to outside influences like Fergie et al.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, January 5, 2013

  • Nice to see some honesty for a fellow pro. It really is about time Tw#tenburg is dropped from the ref's list. Not so much for what happened to us but due to the fact that week in, week out he is at the centre of poor refereeing decisions.

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    CanaryWest

    Friday, January 4, 2013

  • Hear, hear! CW.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 4, 2013

  • probably been ethered.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Friday, January 4, 2013

  • As Doc says, it is so sad and bad that a referee takes the headlines. There are other shockingly bad ones, like Oliver, Marriner, D`Urso and Attwell. Do they just get a good CV written instead of being competent? The problem floats at the very top, like sc*m on an effluent plant. The FA.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 4, 2013

  • It WAS a foul, offences like that should lead to penalties - just because 99.999% of them don't doesn't make it right. Get over it.

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    SussexYellow

    Friday, January 4, 2013

  • then 3 attacks of error 503, so one last go , by the rules there where 3 penalties in the West Ham game, 1 was given, 2 were not. The refs excuse is that it is how he sees it, so he can apply the rules inconsistently. Same offence, same game different decision. Same offence in different games can also get different decisions, from the same ref. And that is why they attract the opprobrium they get.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Friday, January 4, 2013

  • It was strictly a 'home-team' decision prompted by a roar from nearby fans. Had it happened at the other end , no penalty for sure.

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    canadiancanary

    Friday, January 4, 2013

  • Consistency is essential. And integrity. A referee has no mandate to prance about like a Panto Prima Donna. It`s about time this malaise was addressed by the blazered buffoons at the FA before professional football descends to the same laughable level as "wrestling" or Celebrity in the Jungle. Then I`ll "get over it".

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 4, 2013

  • Refreshing candour from a fellow pro. Well said, Winston! I remember an incident in the game at Spurs earlier this season when Morison`s shirt was almost torn from his back in the penalty area. Moro was in a position th threaten the Spurs goal. The ref was right there and MUST have seen it. Outcome:- nothing. Absolutely nothing. Can`t remember who the ref was, may have been Marriner or Oliver. One of the tw#t types anyway. Not in Battenberg`s league though.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 4, 2013

  • It's a sign of a really bad referee when we're discussing him rather than the players.

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    DocOhNo

    Friday, January 4, 2013

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