Brighton boss Gus Poyet felt his side were desperately unlucky to concede a last-minute penalty as rivals Bournemouth grabbed a dramatic 1-1 draw at Withdean Stadium.
The Seagulls led through a 61st-minute strike from Kazenga Lualua and were heading for a fifth successive home league victory when referee Darren Sheldrake signalled a free-kick to Bournemouth just outside the Brighton penalty area. Brighton defender Tommy Elphick was penalised for handball and Sheldrake then changed his mind and awarded a penalty after consulting with his assistant.
Marc Pugh stepped up to drill the spot-kick to the left of keeper Casper Ankergren, and Poyet fumed: "The linesman was in the wrong position to give the penalty, so why did he get involved? "
The former Chelsea midfielder added: "The referee had first given a free-kick and he was closer, so we are asking why the linesman got involved."
Pugh's penalty halted a run of two successive away defeats for Bournemouth and manager Eddie Howe said: "I saw it as a handball.
"I don't know if it was inside or outside the area, but we had two bad ones at Southampton the previous week so it evens itself out.
"I only saw the arm of the centre half, and I thought it was for a handball."
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