Steve Hodge felt that Nottingham Forest should have been awarded a penalty for a foul on Brennan Johnson yesterday.

The Reds drew 1-1 with Wolves at the City Ground, with Johnson’s first-half goal being cancelled out by Daniel Podence.

Forest are now without a victory in seven Premier League matches and desperately need a win from somewhere.

Hodge felt Johnson penalty
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A flashpoint occurred in the first half and came shortly after Johnson had opened the scoring for the Reds.

Johnson appeared to be fouled outside the box but progressed into the penalty area with the ball.

He then appeared to be bundled over by a Wolves defender as he was pulling the trigger but referee Chris Kavanagh cautioned Johnson for a dive.

Hodge claimed live on BBC Radio Nottingham that Johnson and Forest could feel aggrieved.

He said: “I think they can feel a bit aggrieved there. It’s a foul and it’s a penalty. Why does Johnson need to go down there? If the referee doesn’t think it’s a foul fair enough but it’s certainly not a dive, there is contact. He’s really unlucky.”

Hodge felt Johnson should have been awarded a penalty

The man who starred for Forest back in the late eighties and early nineties has a point.

Johnson was clearly cautioned based on his reputation here and it was never a dive in a million years.

The Reds have to kill games off better and a penalty in that situation would have given the Reds a chance to go 2-0 up.

Hodge felt Johnson penalty
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Forest are fighting it out at the wrong end of the Premier League and to pull clear you need a bit of luck.

The Reds didn’t get the rub of the green with the match officials yesterday but they have done in the past.

Kavanagh didn’t have a bad game but his decision not to award Johnson a penalty did look like a wrong one.

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