Penalty heartache for Villa

Last updated : 16 November 2002 By VillaMAD
Taylor felt that Villa should have been awarded a first-half penalty when Mark Delaney was brought down by Phil Gilchrist but the referee ignored Villa appeals.

Taylor said: "It looked very much to me as if it was a mistake on the referee's part and that we should have had a penalty just before half-time."

Villa were, however, awarded a second-half spot-kick after a challenge on Gareth Barry in the penalty box by Albion defender Darren Moore.

"Dion was very strong in wanting to take that one but I am very confident it wasn't because it would have given him his 100th goal," said the Villa boss.

Taylor was quick to praise the commitment of his players: "We know what West Brom are about and you have to be prepared to stand up against it and I thought we did that pretty well.

"In the last 20 minutes I felt we were stronger and I was a bit disappointed not to get the victory but it's extended our unbeaten run."