Manchester United penalty hard to take for Palace defender
DEAN Moxey is adamant Manchester United should not have been awarded a penalty on Saturday.
Robin van Persie broke the deadlock from the penalty spot for United after Ashley Young was brought down by Kagoshi Dikgacoi, who was sent off for the challenge.
But Moxey is convinced the contact between Young and Dikgacoi was outside of the penalty area, a claim supported by replays.
The Eagles defender said: “We’ve watched it back and it was never a penalty.
“It was outside the box and the red card killed us as well.
“I was in line with it and I looked at the linesman and he went ‘I don’t know’.
“The referee looked at the linesman and the linesman ran past me and said ‘I don’t really know’. “The referee was a long way away.
“Sometimes you get them and sometimes you don’t, but it changed the game massively.
“If we go in at half-time 0-0 with 11 men it is a different story.”
Moxey was encouraged, though, by Palace’s performance with 10 men in the second half and thinks the newly-promoted Eagles have already proved they belong in the Premier League during their first four games of the season.
“I think so,” said the 27-year-old.
“We played some decent football with 10 men.
“We had to get on with it and we showed great resilience in the second half to only let one goal in against a fantastic team and there are a lot of positives to take.
“In the first four games we have played some fantastic football.”
Saturday’s match at Old Trafford saw a number of Palace’s new signings make their debuts, including Cameron Jerome and Jimmy Kebe, and Moxey is already impressed with how they have fitted in at Selhurst Park.
The left-back said: “It’s going to take a few weeks to gel but the lads that came in and played on Saturday were fantastic.
“They’ve been fantastic since they came in in the few days they have been there.
“They have taken to us and what we want to do.”
Moxey may be a top flight defender now, but only four years ago he was plying his trade with Exeter City.
He added: “I couldn’t wait to play in the Premier League.
“It’s fantastic, there are not a lot of people out of Devon to make it to the Premier League but I’ve worked my way up and worked hard to get where I am today.
“This is where I want to stay.”
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