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Martin O'Neill blasts referee after draw, bemused Forest star reacts on Twitter

Preston played out a 0-0 draw with Nottingham Forest today – and Martin O’Neill isn’t happy.

The recently-appointed Forest boss saw his side frustrate North End at Deepdale, turning in a strong display.

Defenders Alexander Milosevic and Yohan Benalouane impressed, whilst Jack Colback helped nullify Alan Browne.

The result keeps Forest three points above North End, but O’Neill feels the gap should have been bigger.

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In the second half, Grabban went on a fine run and forced a save from Rudd, with Ryan Yates hurtling in for the rebound.

Yates collided with Rudd, and as Joe Lolley tapped the ball in, a foul was given in North End’s favour.

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Even from a North End perspective, it looked a little soft. Unsurprisingly, O’Neill hit out at referee Tim Robinson, claiming the goal should have stood.

“We should have taken all three points. The (Lolley) goal should have stood in the second half,” O’Neill told BBC Sport. “The keeper spilt the ball and it was there to fight for. We have been robbed of all three points again. That is four points in two games.”

“It should have counted and I told the referee after the game that he should look at it again. These are the points that you cannot get back,” he added.

Lolley appeared bemused after seeing the decision back, reacting on Twitter with a disappointed emoji as Forest felt robbed of two extra points.

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