Stags 2002 wrote:inept referring display.
I thought it couldn't get any worse after Tuesdays referee but unfortunately i was wrong.
I need to see the Hamilton decision again, but if anything it was a foul on Hamilton and a handball by the defender! He was dreadful, especially 2nd half.
I thought that the ref was excellent in the first half, and then (as Flitcroft observed) something happened at half time and he changed completely.
Although Martin says that Hamilton gave a slight push to the defender, it must have been no more than a contact sport like this would allow - I didn't notice it. If you are tussling for the ball there's bound to be a little contact - it's not 5-a-side. In my view the defender lost the battle for the ball, and in his efforts to turn lost his balance and in desperation pawed the ball away from CJ. Maybe it'll look different on the video, of course!
But the handball was blatant and in the circumstances (i.e. potential attempt on goal) you'd expect at least a quick consulation with the linesman - who had a good view from a different angle.
All through the second half the ref seemed determined to see as many fouls as possible, and gave various seemingly random decisions. I assume that he was wanting to make an impact and felt that he'd been too quiet in the first half.