HARTLEPOOL-born Andrew Taylor’s dreams of Wembley took a setback when his Cardiff team were beaten in the Carling Cup semi-final first leg last night.
Crystal Palace beat Cardiff 1-0 at Selhurst Park thanks to an Anthony Gardner goal to move to within 90 minutes of a mouthwatering showdown with Manchester City or Liverpool.
However, Taylor’s Cardiff boss Malky Mackay accused referee Mike Dean of making a “howler” in disallowing his side a crucial goal.
Mackay was furious with Dean’s decision to chalk off what would have been a 56th-minute equaliser for Kenny Miller after Gardner had given Palace a half-time lead.
Mackay confirmed Dean had ruled out the goal for a Joe Mason foul on Julian Speroni, a decision the Bluebirds boss claimed the referee made out of fear he had wrongly awarded Cardiff a corner.
Mackay said: “The referee has made a howler because he’s probably thought he made a mistake giving the corner, so he’s made amends for that.
“Nobody’s touched the goalkeeper. Nobody’s anywhere near him.”
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