‘Fourth official didn’t have right to make decision’- Forest’s Danny Fox

Danny Fox believes that Nottingham Forest should have taken a draw from the Birmingham City game last weekend and the fourth official should have stayed out of the decision.

The late Paul Caddis penalty, given by the fourth official for handball by Britt Assombalonga, gave the hosts a dramatic late winner and further closed the gaps between the two sides.

But left-back Fox believes the decision of the corner, given by the referee and linesman, should have stood and the fourth official didn’t need to get involved.

“I couldn’t really see the incident at the time and haven’t watched it back since but I don’t think the fourth official had any right to say anything,” Fox said.

“Having said that we didn’t play as well as we could in the game and Birmingham’s game plan worked really well, limiting our chances around the box.”

However, Fox’s immediate concerns are for his side to return to form against Charlton at the weekend.

Danny Fox’s reaction to the controversial penalty decision

“If the linesman can’t see that it is handball, I can’t see how a person who is stood 60-70 yards away can give a decision either.

“I have never seen anything like it and think the fourth official had too much to say and didn’t have the right to say anything.

“I think Gary Rowett got into his head a little bit and yes it is unfortunate but we have had our own pieces of luck throughout the season.

“Michail Antonio’s penalty decision against Brentford looked to be outside the box and a good tackle and that won us the game, so it is up and down throughout a season.”

And the victory could be all the more important with the Christmas fixture list fast approaching, a run of victories could prove crucial in their bid to get into the top six.

“Consistency is key over the Christmas period, we are creating less chances now as teams have started to nullify the threats that we possess,” he said.

“It is in our own hands though and you make your own look so we just need to hit a run of form over the festive fixtures and then we will be there or there abouts.

“The Christmas fixtures are a really good indicator for the end of the season so it will be important to pick up a few good results.”

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