Michael O’Neill on the Jacob Brown penalty claim
O’Neill has had a chance to watch it back.
He says: “The referee has a decision to make whether he gives a penalty, there’s clear contact. Hutchinson comes straight into the back of Jacob, Jacob gets to the ball first. For me, that would constitute a penalty. It certainly doesn’t constitute a dive.
“I was disappointed with that.
“We felt it was a game that was possibly going to be decided like that, possibly off a set piece.
“I don’t think we ever really looked like losing a goal. We looked strong defensively. We’re still trying to get up to speed, John Obi in particular, Fletch coming into the game as well and young Jacob.
“There is a lot for us to be positive about but we need to still work on the system. We looked strong defensively but we need to be a bit more elaborate at times in our offensive play and take care of the ball a little bit better.”