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PAYING THE PENALTY

Posted on 25 November 2007  - 12:00

Juande Ramos felt we 'lost points we deserved' after another injury time thriller at West Ham on Sunday.

Juande Ramos felt we 'lost points we deserved' after another injury time thriller at West Ham on Sunday.

Last season we scored twice in the final minutes to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 victory and the closing moments of our latest trip to Upton Park were no less dramatic.

Paul Robinson produced two fine saves and Jermain Jenas cleared off the line in the final seven minutes of regular time and then Jermain Defoe was denied what would have been the winning goal in injury time when Robert Green saved his penalty.

In the end it was 1-1 with Michael Dawson climbing high to head home a 67th-minute equaliser after Carlton Cole opened the scoring in the first half.

"Jermain is naturally very upset but these things happen in football and we have to accept it and get on with the job," reflected Juande, now five games unbeaten.

"We had the possibility to score the second goal, we didn't take it and so we have to be happy with the draw - but we've lost vital points we felt we deserved."

Juande was quized on the one of the game's key decisions when Robbie Keane appeared to be brought down by Robert Green as he went through on goal just before half-time. Keane beat the offside trap, lifted the ball over Green and then went down - it looked like a penalty at least and possible red card, but referee Mike Riley waved appeals away.

"The decisions are ones that the referee has to make very quickly," said Juande. "I have got my opinion but the referee has to make a decision and we have to accept his ruling.

"My opinion is different to the referee. It would have been a decision which would have changed the game."

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