Rotherham United: Lichaj admits handball to Millers pal Bowery

Danny Collins
Danny Collins

Danny Collins says the player at the centre of the ‘no penalty’ storm admitted after the match that Rotherham United should have been awarded a spot-kick against Nottingham Forest.

Forest right-back Eric Lichaj looked to have used his arm to keep out a Jordan Bowery shot early in the second half of the Millers’ 2-1 defeat when the score was locked at 1-1.

Eric Lichaj clears with the Forest keeper beaten

Eric Lichaj clears with the Forest keeper beaten

Nothing was given, but Collins revealed that Forest’s American defender had told Bowery that he was guilty of handball.

“The two know each other from their days at Aston Villa together,” said Collins.

“Jordan has said they had a quiet chat after the game and Eric has laughed it off and said he got a good hand on it.

“I was on the halfway line and there were bodies in the way, but it looked like a penalty to me.”

Centre-half Collins headed in the opening goal for the Millers in the 13th minute but Forest equalised on the stroke of half-time.

“It was disappointing to see them score when they did. It changes the team talk,” he said.

“We didn’t really kick on enough in the second half when we went behind.”

“I think the back four worked well together, even though we conceded two goals. It gives us encouragement going into Tuesday’s game against Preston, and it’s time we put some points on the board.”