Birmingham boss Alex McLeish was not happy that his side was not awarded a perfectly good goal at Fratton Park on Saturday and believes that it could be the reason his side are out of the FA Cup.
It was another case of an assistant referee daydreaming when he should have noticed that Liam Ridgewell had a header ‘saved` by David James well after it had crossed the goal line.
At the time Blues were 2-0 down thanks to a brace from Frederic Piquionne, but if their goal had been allowed, then there was every reason to believe that Birmingham would have bounced back to force at least a replay at St Andrews.
‘We should have had a lifeline with a perfectly legitimate goal but unfortunately it wasn’t to be,’ McLeish said.
‘It would have given us a lifeline and I wouldn’t bet against my team coming back if we got that goal. They’ve done that this season.
‘You would expect an official at this level to see that. They do the fitness tests and part of that is the vision side of things. It’s a shame the guy missed that, I’m sure he will be hurting about it.
‘I don’t see how he could be obscured because he was over the line. Nobody was over the line so he should have been on that corner flag. James actually landed and caught it behind the line.’
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