Nottingham Forest captain lifts lid on what Paul Tierney told him after Liverpool winner

Nottingham Forest captain Ryan Yates has shared what referee Paul Tierney told him after a controversial end to the match against Liverpool. The referee has found himself in the center of an unexpected furore.

Darwin Núñez scored in the 99th minute to secure the Reds a vital three points after they looked destined to drop two at the City Ground. But the manner in which it arrived left Forest fuming.

Just moments before, play was stopped for a head injury to Ibrahima Konaté, with Liverpool receiving the ball back when the game resumed despite Forest having been in possession beforehand. The incident led to angry protests from Forest’s coaching staff, fans and even the club’s owner after the game.

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Yates has now lifted the lid on what Tierney told him following the incident. “The referee told me: ‘That’s the rule, they get the ball.’ I honestly don’t know how that is possible,” he said, via the Mirror.

“We were in the ascendancy. We had a corner. There was just a coming together and we were going to put another ball into the box.

“Then, suddenly, while we’re switched off, they’re allowed to get the ball to the other end of the pitch and put us under pressure. It’s strange, very strange.”