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Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock hits out at Craig Dawson 'assault' on Julian Speroni

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WEST BROM defender Craig Dawson's elbow on Crystal Palace keeper Julian Speroni was labelled an 'assault' by Eagles boss Neil Warnock.

Referee Mark Clattenburg allowed the Baggies first goal to stand in Saturday's 2-2 draw, despite a clear foul by the England Under 21 international on the Palace keeper.

A dazed Speroni required lengthy treatment before being substituted by Warnock, who said he wanted to protect his number one from potential further damage.

And he was angry that Clattenburg - who also failed to give Palace a clear first half penalty when Wilfried Zaha was tripped in the box - did not disallow the goal, which started the home side's second half fightback from 2-0 down.

Warnock said: "If officials can't see a smash like that then I've got to protect my goalkeeper.

"It's almost an assault. He comes from two or three yards away and smashes him in the face. I don't understand why at least one of the officials can't see that."

Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock hits out at Craig Dawson 'assault' on Julian Speroni


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