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Pulis furious at Fulham vs Middlesbrough penalty decisions - and he wasn't the only one; Referee Geoff Eltringham waved away penalty claims when Martin Braithwaite hit the deck - but later awarded Fulham a last gasp spot kick.

Byline: Dominic Shaw

Tony Pulis was left baffled and "really disappointed" by two controversial refereeing decisions which went againstMiddlesbroughin the home sucker punch defeat to Fulham.

Pulis waited by the tunnel at full-time to question Geoff Eltringham after the referee had waved away what appeared an absolute nailed on penalty for a Tomas Kalas foul on Martin Braithwaite, before then pointing to the spot in the final seconds when Fulham's Oliver Norwood hit the deck.

Boroskipper Grant Leadbitter who committed what was adjudged to be a foul in the box was furious with the decision. As was Pulis, who told BBC Tees the decision to not give the "stonebanker" Braithwaite penalty but to award the other in the dying seconds was "really disappointing".

And Pulis wasn't the only one furious at the decision, with Boro fans taking to social media at full-time to express their dismay.

Everything MFC Fulham tweet

Matty Carson tweet Fulham

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McCourt tweet

Simon Leigh Fulham tweet

Rob Scott Fulham tweet

Granville Fulham tweet

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Boro Stats tweet

Middlesbrough 0 Fulham 1: Penalty controversy & missed chances leave Tony Pulis' side empty-handed

Middlesbrough's midfield trio top the scores in sucker punch defeat to Fulham

While Boro can rightly feel aggrieved by the second half decisions at the Riverside, they should have had the game wrapped up long before conceding that last gasp sucker punch.

The hosts carved out a string of chances but spurned them, with striker Rudy Gestede missing two one-on-ones in the first half. He was replaced by Britt Assombalonga in the second, and the [pounds sterling]15m missed a glorious opportunity of his own as he hit the bar in stoppage time.

Moments later, Fulham were ahead. As ex-Boro man Ryan Fredericks put it on social media, the visitors "nicked it".

Fredericks Fulham tweet

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jan 13, 2018
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