|BLUE & WIGHT BLOG: Crawley crying wolf, not foul after ref's show|
Mon 10th Sep 2012 12:47 by Chris Hougham
What a difference a late afternoon on a grey day in West Sussex makes!! Three points, three goals and a clean sheet.
Last week we had an incompetent referee who allowed foul play to prevail and we lost, this time we had an incompetent referee who didn’t.
As their goalkeeper isn’t ‘going out with’ a Page 3 girl Sky were forced to focus on the aptly named Deadman and his apparent inconsistent decision making assisted by some guy who is manager of MK Dons (who are you?) and the bloke who manages Crawley (post match interview, he was a laugh); who, as a pair, looked and sounded like a couple of nightclub bouncers…Sky got so excited they almost forgot to mention we scored three cracking goals!
The Chuckle Bros. were amazing and seemed to think that everyone should be allowed at least one career threatening foul in the first twenty minutes or so and someone with reckless intent who misses the ball by three feet and the player by a couple of inches has suffered a grave injustice if he gets a card! Don’t the rules say something about ‘intent’? The first idiot (forget his name, in fact I’ve forgotten all their names) thought it would be OK to hack down McLeod on the touchline and suffer nothing worse than a free-kick…Crawley Town FC should be fining him not defended him. The second guy (the first red card) pulled down someone on the break and that was classed as good defending by the so called pundits in the studio (shed). They forgot to mention the tackle of Gypes that put him out of the game after just 35 minutes.
In many ways it reminded me of an FA Cup tie with a non-league side at home to a much bigger club. Essentially I suppose that is what it was! The minnows pressed hard for twenty minutes but never really looked like scoring and after that you knew that, at worst, the away side were going to get a draw. Unfortunately the home side, doubtless, a little frustrated on their big day in front of a record crowd, lost their cool and imploded….tough luck!
I could write for days in praise of Appleton. Yesterday just one thing shone through. Five days earlier our defence was torn apart by B’mouth in a game that we could have shipped seven or more goals. In a handful of training sessions he turned it right round to a point where our ‘keeper didn’t have a save to make yesterday. Outstanding.
The fans? Fantastic as usual. I know Crawley played the Mancs in the FA Cup a season or so back but yesterday they ran into a proper club with real fans.
Really looking forward to Saturday now.
Possible takeover? I’ll believe it when I see it.
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