Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce was left frustrated at refereeing decisions as the Eagles suffered a 3-1 defeat at Southampton on Wednesday night.

The former England boss insists that winger Wilfried Zaha was fouled by opposing captain Steven Davis in the build-up to Nathan Redmond’s first-half equaliser.

Striker Christian Benteke had gifted the London side the opening goal but the visitors lost their lead just before the end of the first half.

Saints captain Davis appeared to barge Zaha when contending for the ball but referee Roger East allowed Southampton to play on, leading to Redmond’s equaliser.

Allardyce believes the assistant referee was mistaken and is to blame for not recognising the foul against the Eagles midfielder.

“It was grievous bodily harm. The assistant referee is totally out of order not putting his flag up, not just 100%, about 200%,” he told the BBC after the game.

“[Wilfried Zaha’s] just blatantly bowled over right in front of the assistant referee, he can’t put his flat up for whatever reason, you need to ask him and hold him responsible for the Southampton team to get the opportunity to get the equaliser.”

Palace’s first defeat in five games means they are now only three points above relegation and face a real danger of losing their place in the Premier League next season.

They host Arsenal on Monday night, where the visitors will be looking to secure three points in order to push for a top four finish.


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