Martin O’Neill tells referee to look again at disallowed ‘goal’ after Nottingham Forest draw

PRESTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Nottingham Forest manager Martin O'Neill watches on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Nottingham Forest at Deepdale on February 16, 2019 in Preston, England. (Photo by Alex Dodd - CameraSport via Getty Images)
PRESTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Nottingham Forest manager Martin O'Neill watches on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Nottingham Forest at Deepdale on February 16, 2019 in Preston, England. (Photo by Alex Dodd - CameraSport via Getty Images)

Furious Martin O’Neill blasted the match officials for ‘robbing’ his Nottingham Forest side of a win in a goalless draw at Preston.

O’Neill was left seething after Joe Lolley’s second half goal was ruled out for a foul on keeper Declan Rudd.

16th February 2019, Deepdale, Preston, England; EFL Championship football, Preston North End versus Nottingham Forest; Tom Barkhuizen of Preston North End breaks past Jack Colback and Tendayi Darikwa of Nottingham Forest (photo by Alan Martin/Action Plus via Getty Images)

16th February 2019, Deepdale, Preston, England; EFL Championship football, Preston North End versus Nottingham Forest; Tom Barkhuizen of Preston North End breaks past Jack Colback and Tendayi Darikwa of Nottingham Forest (photo by Alan Martin/Action Plus via Getty Images)

It was the second game in a row the Forest supremo has been left feeling cheated after Dwight Gayle won a late penalty by diving in their 2-2 draw with West Brom.

“The keeper spilt the ball and it was there to fight for,” he said.

“We have been robbed of all three points again.

“That is four points in two games.

“It should have counted and I told the ref he should look at it again.

“These are the points that you cannot get back.

“At the start of the season you can ignore this and hope it levels itself out.

“That is a lot of points to lose out on at this stage of the season.”

Forest’s play-off hopes suffered a dent after they were held.

The visitors enjoyed the better of the game as they watched a number of first half chances go begging.

Alex Milosevic, Joe Lolley and Yohan Beanlouane all went close before Lewis Grabban and Lolley (for a foul in the build-up play) had goals ruled out.

Despite their lacklustre display, Preston could have won it with Brad Potts having two good chances to give his side all the points.

But both side’s lacked real quality as the game aimlessly drifted towards stalemate in the final 15 minutes.

O’Neill added: “We had the better chances in the first half and I thought we were going to score.

“We started slowly and had to defend strongly. Preston had got confidence from beating Norwich in midweek

“As we got into the game we created decent chances and deserved to get all three points.

“Overall I was pleased with the effort of the side.

“They put in an big shift on Tuesday night (at West Bromwich Albion) and to come here and do it again was very good.

“Preston are a good side and in good form, and I am pleased with the team.”