Fulham head coach Slavisa Jokanovic said referee Geoff Eltringham was correct with crucial penalty decisions at either end of the pitch after the Whites’ first win on Teesside in more than three decades was tinged with controversy.
County Durham official Eltringham angered the home fans and Boro boss Tony Pulis after failing to award Middlesbrough a penalty when Fulham substitute Tomas Kalas appealed to bundle over Marlon Braithwaite in the box. Whilst Pulis was convinced his side should have been given a spot-kick, Jokanovic felt the collision was more of an accidental coming together.
Asked about the incident during his post-match press conference, the Serbian head coach said:
They pushed each other and the referee was in [a] perfect position to make the decision.
The Fulham boss was similarly forthright when quizzed on the referee’s award of a stoppage-time spot-kick when Ollie Norwood tumbled over Grant Leadbitter’s challenge. Jokanovic said:
For our penalty, it was clearly a contact between Norwood and the Boro player and, again, the referee was in the perfect position to give the penalty.