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Pellegrini fumes at City penalty

28th February 2019, 05:05 by Michael Holland

West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini says the penalty that earned Manchester City a 1-0 win should not have been given.

Sergio Aguero converted from the spot in the 59th minute, registering his 25th goal of the season in all competitions, after referee Stuart Attwell judged Felipe Anderson to have fouled substitute Bernardo Silva.

However, former City boss Pellegrini was far from happy with the decision and believes it should not have been awarded in the first place.

"To be generous, a little soft. But (that is) too generous. It was not a penalty," the Hammers boss said.

"It was a play that happens a lot of times inside the box. In the other box Manuel Lanzini had exactly the same and he didn't throw (himself) to the floor.

"If we had lost this game with another action then maybe you could accept it, but not that penalty."

When asked if he thought Silva had dived or just fallen over, Pellegrini said: "No, I think he has a touch with Felipe Anderson but not to throw (himself).

"He felt the kick and he goes to the floor."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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