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Warnock compares Mohamed Salah to Olympic diver Tom Daley

Monday, 22 April 2019
Neil Warnock


Neil Warnock has compared Mohamed Salah to Olympic diver Tom Daley after the Liverpool man won a penalty during the 2-0 defeat of Cardiff.

James Milner dispatched from the spot after Georginio Wijnaldum opened the scoring – but once again, the Bluebirds were left feeling hard done by.

With the game deadlocked, no penalty was awarded when Andy Robertson appeared to tug on Sean Morrison’s shirt in the Liverpool box.

However, the Cardiff skipper was punished for the same offence when Salah took a theatrical tumble late on.

 “Once again, one or two things have gone against us, but I’m always like that, aren’t I?” Warnock told talkSPORT.

“There would be a lot of penalties in matches if you give things like that. It’s a soft penalty.

“At the end of the tugging, the theatrics of the dive were a solid 9.9. It’s a Tom Daley job, that.”

“It’s not just the [Liverpool] penalty, I think we should’ve had a penalty after half-time.

“When you look at the way Robertson’s pulled his shirt, all of the television pundits say it’s a penalty by the letter of the law.

“But they get away with it. They say the sun might’ve been in the linesman’s eyes.”

Defeat leaves the Bluebirds with a serious mountain to climb if they are to escape the relegation zone and survive.

Warnock’s men are three points adrift of Brighton, who have played a game less, but the Cardiff boss remains upbeat.

“I can’t ask my players to give any more than what they’re giving,” he added.

 “The fans have been amazing and I’m really pleased that we put in a performance today. We didn’t want to sit back, we wanted to be positive and I thought we were.

“We’re playing against a brilliant side. There’s not a weakness in that side. So to take them as far as we could, I think it was a fabulous performance.”

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