Post match Coventry reaction

Last updated : 01 October 2008 By Michael Morris

"It was a big decision by the referee but it was the right one," he said.

Referring to the moment that referee Roger East ruled out a goal from the Welsh international

"It shouldn't have gone to the wire and we made it difficult for ourselves in the last five minutes.

"Jay Bothroyd deserved his goal but he should have had a couple more, although confidence-wise it should do him good.

"We played a difficult side and it was very important to get maximum points today, although we played better on Saturday and lost." Jones concluded.

Coventry assistant Steve Kean did the talking for the Sky Blues (one assumes Chris Coleman was still fuming after Eastwood's efort was ruled out).

"We think that if the assistant believed it was a deliberate handball by our player then he shouldn't have lowered his flag.

"We spoke to the referee after the game and he told us why he had disallowed our goal.

"Apparently, he thought the assistant was flagging for offside and it was only when he spoke to him as the players were going back to the centre circle, that he realised it was for handball."

As a watching City fan it was a relief to see the goal disallowed.

The linesman had raised his flag and quickly brought it down when the referee waved play on after a handball against Coventry in their own half. Coventry broke at speed and scored into the Canton Stand goal. The Cardiff players urged the referee to speak to the linesman because they had clearly felt play should have been stopped.

The referee had thought the linesman was flagging for offside and so allowed Coventry to have the advantage but thankfully the linesman told the referee it was for handball and that Coventry should never have been allowed to play on.

The referee took the decision to disallow the goal and award Cardiff a free kick.