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The Sky commentators thought it was blatant, as did the MotD2 pundits. Sky's analysts didn't even mention it, did they? Jose made the 'aphone call from Hackett remark in his post match interview but was clearly avoiding any public whinge.

It was as bad a decision as Styles' up at Anfield and had just as much influence on the outcome of the game.

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The Mail:

They might have deserved a first-half penalty for Martin Laursen's foul on Shaun Wright-Phillips.

If Mark Clattenburg and his bosses on the Match Officials Board look at it again and conclude it was a penalty perhaps they will call him and 'offer an apology'.

Hidden in the match report - no screaming headlines

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Guardian:

The game, in fairness to Chelsea, could have taken a very different course. After two minutes, Martin Laursen manhandled Wright-Phillips and Mark Clattenburg's refusal to award a penalty was perplexing. Maybe referees, like some footballers, need time to warm up, but Chelsea can hardly be asked to show understanding.

Again - very little attention given to this decision, even though they acknowledge it changed the game.

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Times;

It could be argued that Villa rode their luck when Martin Laursen made a similarly clumsy effort to stop Wright-Phillips in the second minute and was fortunate not to concede a penalty, but Chelsea more than got their own back as Villa pressed on.

How did we 'get our own back'for being refused a penalty?!

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