Rodgers: I thought it was a penalty

SWANSEA City boss Brendan Rodgers admitted that Ipswich Town should have been awarded a penalty during this lunchtime’s Championship duel, which ended in a 3-1 win for the Swans.

SWANSEA City boss Brendan Rodgers admitted that Ipswich Town should have been awarded a penalty during this lunchtime’s Championship duel, which ended in a 3-1 win for the Swans.

Town had looked to be easing to victory when Andros Townsend headed home his first goal for the club early in the second half.

But Swansea came storming back. Craig Beattie equalised with a header after Town keeper Brian Murphy had failed to get near a free-kick, and a bad error by Tommy Smith enabled Joe Allen to sweep the Swans into a 2-1 lead.

The game’s turning point came when referee Andy D’Urso failed to award a penalty, for Mark Gower’s clear foul on Carlos Edwards, and Beattie rubbed salt into the wounds by curling home a spectacular third just a minute later.

Swans boss Rodgers admitted that he thought Mr D’Urso was going to award the penalty.

“If I was the home manager, I would have been disappointed if the penalty wasn’t given,” confessed Rodgers.

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“That was my initial reaction, because there was contact.

“However, having seen the replay, I can see why Andy (D’Urso) did not give it, because it was only a slight touch.

“There’s no doubt we got a bit of luck with that one, but I don’t think it was a turning point because we were already in control of the game.”

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