Ex-Uefa official: Emmanuel Dennis victim of Nottingham Forest injustice as BBC footage analysed
Nottingham Forest should have had a penalty for a foul on Emmanuel Dennis during their 2-2 draw with Brentford on Saturday (5 November), according to Keith Hackett.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Uefa and Premier League referee admitted Dennis “exaggerated” the contact but still deserved a spot-kick.
As shown on the BBC’s Match of the Day programme, the 24-year-old was brought down when Mathias Jensen came from behind and kicked his ankle.
It was one of three Forest appeals for a penalty as they felt Ryan Yates was pushed later in the first half and Morgan Gibbs-White was tripped after the break.
Brentford were awarded a penalty at the end of the first half for a foul by Dean Henderson on Yoane Wissa.
Steve Cooper told the BBC after the game that if one of the challenges justified a penalty then all four did.
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“The problem we’ve got is that I do think there is contact here and I was surprised that a penalty kick was not awarded,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“This is the whole point that Cooper was making.
“The player himself doesn’t help himself to some degree because there is a slight exaggeration in the fall.”
Dennis has only scored once in nine Premier League games for Nottingham Forest since his move from Watford in the summer.
The Nigeria international scored 10 goals in 33 top-flight appearances for Watford last term but it was not enough to prevent them from being relegated.