Simon Davies last night backed up Chris Coleman’s rant at referee Peter Walton after Fulham were denied the last-minute penalty that was the least they deserved against Manchester United.
The Wales midfielder was an eye witness as Edwin Van der Sar clattered into Heidar Helguson seconds after Cristiano Ronaldo had stolen the game from Coleman’s men.
Walton ignored Fulham’s fevered protests to leave Coleman in utter disgust and Davies revealed the manager’s mood was reflected in the Craven Cottage dressing room.
Davies said: “We looked at the replays and Van der Sar did not get the ball.
“The ball just ran across him and he took out Heidar. I think the ref had a lot of bodies between himself and the ball.”
Coleman insisted: “If it had been at the other end anybody can tell you he would have given a penalty, no question. But there’s no point in talking to him – I’d only get another fine.”
Davies admitted he had to take some responsibility for not crowning an excellent display with a goal after being denied twice by the Dutch keeper in United’s 2-1 win.
The January signing from Everton said: “Van der Sar pulled off a terrific save for the first one and then with the second one, if I hadn’t hit it so well it would perhaps have gone in the corner.”