Gaffer's verdict: "Ridiculous, woeful" penalty decision changed the game
Paul Lambert was furious at the game-changing first penalty award at Manchester City, calling it a "ridiculous, woeful" decision.
Trailing 1-0 to a David Silva goal, City were handed a second-half spot-kick when Andreas Weimann was adjudged to have handled in the area.
Following an innocuous-looking Silva corner, no City players appealed but the linesman informed referee Jon Moss that Weimann had handled the flighted cross.
Replays showed conclusively that no such infringement had occurred.
And the decision angered the Villa boss as City capitalised to run-out 5-0 winners at the Etihad Stadium.
Lambert said: "That is never a handball. Nowhere near. How he's called that I don't know.
"It was absolutely ridiculous. That's never a penalty. It's not touched his hand. It's not deviated in its flight whatsoever.
"There were no appeals from City because it came off the City player's head. I have watched it back.
"How he call that at an important point in the game? He's got to be 100%. I am 100% sure it wasn't a penalty. It's wrong.
"It's the wrong decision. In big games, you've got to call these things right and that was definitely a wrong decision.
"It's come off the City lad's head. As I said, you've got to be 100% sure with big moments. If he's 100% sure of that, what an eyesight he's got.
"Nobody appealed. Bizarre! It's a big moment. You have to call it right and it was certainly the wrong decision.
"I am not happy about it. If we are asked to come and speak to you [the press] then sometimes so should they. I just think that was a wrong decision."
Lambert also felt the second penalty decision - when Barry Bannan was also adjudged to have handled - was harsh.
He continued: "He lost his footing. I can understand why he gave it but Barry has put his hand on the ground and it's a natural, human reaction to do that.
"But the way the linesman was performing I didn't have a clue what he was going to flag for."
Despite the defeat, Lambert was adamant Villa will "bounce back strongly."
He added: "This won't hamper our progress. We will bounce back strongly.
"The last few weeks the lads have given it everything they've got.
"Joe Hart made some world-class saves to keep it 0-0. We had some chances. But I thought that decision was a massive call and he got it wrong.
"We were still in the game. That's the point. I thought some decisions weren't correct.
"They are a top side with fantastic players. Take nothing away from them. But I am disappointed.
"The lads have been excellent for the last few weeks and we will continue to try and keep progressing the football club."
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