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Sunday, October 27, 2013
It may be a clash of cultures. It was certainly part of his winning mentality. Leroy Fer felt pretty comfortable with his controversial late attempts to win Norwich City all three points against Cardiff – something Malky Mackay was not best pleased about at the final whistle.
“Yeah I meant it – because I want to win the game,” said Fer. “That’s why I did it. I want to win every game. Would I do it again? If it was 0-0, yes. Ricky (van Wolfswinkel) said put it in the back of the net, so I did. In Holland it’s like that where if you get the throw-in you can play on.
“I looked at the referee and he gestured play on with his hands so that’s why I think the goal had to stand,” said Fer. “Then he said he didn’t blow his whistle and that was the reason he didn’t allow the goal. I’m a little bit confused on that one.
“I think the keeper’s position affected it too because if he’s in his goal I would play the ball to him, but he took his time as well. So that’s maybe a reason as well.
“I thought yes, the Cardiff players are going to be angry. They just said why didn’t you play the ball back to the keeper, and I said I wanted to win the game. I just walked away.
“For the referee it was a difficult decision as well because the Cardiff players were angry.”
The visitors’ anger subsided once the referee saw out the rest of the goalless game – but the hosts’ frustration at so many spurned opportunities lingered for a lot longer.
“The main thing is we didn’t win the game, and that’s the main disappointment,” Fer added. “We did well because we created the chances but to not score one of them is real disappointing. That’s probably as well as we’ve played attacking this season because of the number of chances we created. It was good goalkeeping but we just needed to score one to win this game.
“We’re encouraged and I think the goals will come. We have to maintain and keep playing like this, and stay strong together.”