By 90Min
December 02, 2018

Huddersfield Town striker Laurent Depoitre has blamed referee Michael Oliver for his side's 2-1 defeat against Brighton on Saturday. 

The Terriers saw striker Steve Mounie sent off in the first half against the Seagulls when leading 1-0, a decision that drastically altered the shape of the game.

Brighton took advantage of the dismissal as goals from Shane Duffy and Florin Andone secured their second away win of the season.

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Mounie's shin-high tackle on Yves Bissouma was deemed to be worthy of a red card by Oliver, a decision that has left Depoitre questioning the consistency of the officials in the Premier League.

Talking to BT Sport, the Belgian forward launched a scathing attack, admitting: "I don't like to speak about the referees, but I think he played a big role in this defeat.

"After one minute it was already 1-0 and we felt we were controlling the game. 

"They were not very dangerous and then there were a few decisions from the referee that we don't really understand."

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Before the sending off, Huddersfield had a claim for a penalty turned down for what they thought was a foul on midfielder Alex Pritchard, whilst Brighton defender Leon Balogun only saw yellow for a tackle on Erik Durm.

Asked about Oliver's decision not to give the Terriers a spot-kick, Depoitre said: "I think it was a clear penalty on Pritchard. It could have been 2-0 and the game would have been completely different. If it's 2-0 I don't think we would lose this game."

Referring to the decision to send Mounie off and the simalirity of the challenge to Balogun's foul, Depoitre added: "I have to watch it again. But I think if it's a red card, it's a red card for them as well, so that's the problem."

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Huddersfield have been given until 1pm on Monday to decide whether they should appeal against Mounie's red card. 

David Wagner's side have a chance to bounce back from their defeat on Tuesday when they face AFC Bournemouth.

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