Another intense weekend of football is over, and again we have plenty to discuss in our weekend review.
We’re going to start in the Championship, where Steve Evans could land himself in hot water after a stinging attack on referee Darren Bond.
The Rotherham United boss felt decisions went against his team during their 2-1 defeat to Nottingham Forest, and he believes it’s not the first time that Bond has cost the Millers.
We were harshly let down by the officials,” fumed Evans, who claims a goal-kick should have been given prior to Forest’s first goal, and that the Millers should have had a penalty for a handball on the line.
“We don’t expect anything from that referee. I’m not saying he’s a rubbish referee, I’m saying he’s rubbish every time we have him. That’s just one of these things that happen.”
Staying in the division, where Sean Dyche also bemoaned the referee as Burnley fought back twice to draw at home to Birmingham City.
“The whole game, I think, would have been considerably different on a decision,” said Dyche, who feels the Clarets should have had a penalty in the fifth minute.
“When it’s that blatant on Jutkiewicz…it’s unfathomable to me. I was a defender, the defender’s done and he’s panicked. It’s not only a penalty but he goes off the pitch.”
Dyche was angered further by a soft penalty awarded to Blues in the second half when Clayton Donaldson was adjudged to have been tripped, but a late Matty Taylor free-kick salvaged Burnley a point.
There were a couple of big talking points on Sunday in the Premier League, with outspoken managers Jose Mourinho and Alan Pardew left frustrated by officials.
Speaking after Chelsea’s 3-0 loss to Manchester City, Mourinho claimed City should have been down to nine men, with an elbow by Fernandinho on Diego Costa the main focus of the Portuguese boss.
The Brazilian midfielder was booked for the challenge but despite Mourinho’s displeasure, Keith Hackett heaped praise on Martin Atkinson’s performance in his latest blog for You Are The Ref.
Hackett said: “The physical intensity and skill of the players in the Manchester City v Chelsea game showed exactly why the Premier League is the best on the planet.
“Referee Martin Atkinson finished last season in absolute top form and his contribution to this game was outstanding.”
In the Premier League’s other Sunday fixture, Pardew felt Arsenal’s Francis Coquelin should have received his marching orders early in the second half.
Coquelin had already been booked and escaped a second yellow just before half-time, and Pardew felt that should have been his last warning.
However, referee Lee Mason let the tough-tackling midfielder get away with another challenge after the break, and Gunners boss Arsene Wenger took that opportunity to substitute the Frenchman.
“He should have been sent off. Our bench thought he should have gone. Their bench did too, so taking him off was a natural reaction,” Pardew said after the 2-1 defeat.
“The foul just before half-time was debatable, a cynical challenge, but give people the benefit of the doubt. But you can’t make another one. It’s a decision Lee Mason has to be braver on.”