Neil Warnock: 'Craig Dawson challenge was almost assault'

Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock described Craig Dawson's challenge on Julian Speroni as "almost an assualt" after it proved pivotal in the 2-2 draw with West Brom.

Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock has admitted that he was unhappy with referee Mark Clattenburg's failure to award his team a free kick in the build-up to West Bromwich Albion's first goal in their 2-2 draw on Saturday.

Baggies defender Craig Dawson clattered into goalkeeper Julian Speroni inside the penalty area, but a foul was not given, allowing Victor Anichebe to net to halve Albion's two-goal deficit.

West Brom secured a point when they equalised in added-on time at The Hawthorns, but Warnock believes that their earlier goal had changed the course of the match.

He told Sky Sports News: "Unfortunately, the referee hasn't got technology but it's almost assault on Speroni.

"He came from two or three yards away and smashes him in the face. I don't understand why one of the officials can't see that.

"We had started alright in the second half, but it was a turning point in the game and it gave them a lift. It should have been a free kick."

The draw has left Palace in 16th place in the Premier League table.

Victor Anichebe of West Brom scores the first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace at The Hawthorns on October 25, 2014
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