Coote flies in for Reading fixture - Referee
Wednesday, 28th Mar 2018 15:18 by Clive Whittingham
David Coote from West Yorkshire referees his first QPR game of the season when the R’s head to Reading on Friday.
Referee >>> David Coote (West Yorkshire), dismissed Luke Freeman for an alleged stamp at Preston North End last season.
Assistants >>> Nick Hopton (Derbyshire) and Nigel Lugg (Surrey)
Fourth Official >>> Steve Martin (Staffordshire), co-wrote and starred in the 1986 comedy western movie Three Amigos, directed by John Landis. Also the fourth official at our Fulham match last week.
Nevertheless, a reasonably entertaining game by this division’s abysmal standards was soon up and running. Matt Smith headed down for Lua Lua to hit a shot that deflected kindly to home keeper Chris Maxwell. Then the standard brilliant left-footed pass from Ryan Manning had Lua Lua accelerating into the penalty area unchecked but he tried to square it rather than shoot and failed to pick out a team mate. Smith had what looked like a reasonable penalty appeal waved away after being wrestled to the floor by Clarke, who panicked after realising he shouldn’t have let the ball bounce. Smithies saved brilliantly from Hugill in Preston’s first serious attack although, as he was far too often on Saturday, the big forward had already been flagged offside. Bidwell got back to deny McGeady a sight of goal with a well-executed sliding tackle in his own area after referee David Coote had awarded the home side a generous free kick which they’d taken quickly.
Initially the fourth official had suggested it was Freeman to be replaced before Furlong’s number came up, and given the effect of taking the young full back off, and what happened to Freeman next maybe Rangers should have let him get on with that change. Chasing a loose ball back towards halfway, Freeman received a fairly rash tackle from behind from Tommy Spurr. Now either angry at the over-zealous nature of the tackle and reacting to it, or simply losing his balance and bringing his foot down in an unfortunate place, Freeman planted his left boot on Spurr’s outstretched left calf. Referee David Coote stopped the play, awarded Preston a free kick, handed out the first yellow card in the history of the game for stamping on an opponent (a straight red if that’s what you have decided) and Freeman was gone, to the QPR bench’s very public fury.
It’s a judgement call. It looks a bit of a joke to me but I can see why he gave what he gave – although as he issued a yellow card rather than a red (which means we can’t appeal it) I’m not entirely sure he knows what he’s really given at all. Yeni Ngbakoto’s fairly hopeless finish over the bar with his right foot when the shot needed a left was as close as Rangers got with ten men – Preston finished much the stronger and deserved their win.
PNE: Maxwell 6; Huntington 6, Clarke 6, Spurr 6, Cunningham 6; Browne 8, Johnson 7; McGeady 7, Robinson 7, Horgan 7 (Barkhuizenat 86, -); Hugill 6
Subs not used: Lindegaard, Makienok, Beckford, Gallagher, May, Boyle
Goals: McGeady 44 (unassisted), Hugill 77 (assisted Horgan)
Bookings: Clarke 66 (foul)
QPR: Smithies 7; Furlong 6 (Ngbakoto 67, 5), Onuoha 6, Lynch 4, Bidwell 5; Freeman 6, Perch 7, Manning 6; Wszolek 6, Smith 6 (Sylla 67, 5), Lua Lua 6 (Mackie 73, 6)
Subs not used: Ingram, Goss, Ingram, Petrasso
Goals: Lua Lua 36 (assisted Furlong/Smith)
Red Cards: Freeman 78 (two bookings)
Bookings: Onuoha 21 (foul), Freeman 41 (foul), Lua Lua 62 (foul), Freeman 78 (stamping)
Referee – David Coote (West Yorkshire) 5 Is it just me, or has the opening of another vacancy on the already stretched Premier League refereeing list coincided with a sudden onset of picky, by-the-book, is-my-assessor-watching, totally-lacking-in-common-sense officiating in our Championship games?
QPR: Smithies 6; Perch 7, Onuoha 6, Lynch 6, Bidwell 6; Luongo 5, Hall 6, Cousins 7 (Shodipo 77, 6); Ngbakoto 5, Washington 5 (Polter 69, 5), Chery 5 (Gladwin 64, 5)
Subs not used: Borysiuk, Ingram, Sandro, Wzsolek
Derby: Carson 6; Baird 6, Keogh 7, Pearce 6, Olsson 6; Hughes 7 (Bryson 79, 6), Johnson 5, Butterfield 6; Ince 7, Bent 5 (Vydra 63, 6), Weimann 5 (Camara 79, 7)
Subs not used: Shackell, Russell, Mitchell, Hanson
Goals: Ince 86 (assisted Camara)
Bookings: Butterfield 17 (foul), Baird 26 (foul)
Referee – David Coote (West Yorkshire) 8 I felt Butterfield’s booking for a foul in the first half which led to another wasted QPR set piece was harsh, and there was an obvious foul on Washington in the second half that he missed and then -infuriatingly – penalised Luongo the other way immediately after. But overall I hardly noticed him, which is usually a good sign.
Both teams had had their 15 minute spells at this point, and referee David Coote – in his first ever QPR appointment – decided it was his turn to dominate proceedings for a quarter of an hour before half time. Certainly no complaints could be made about quick fire yellow cards for Clint Hill after he’d been skinned by Le Fondre and hauled him back, or Williams who was turned by Hoilett on halfway and also elected for a cynical tug back to halt the attack. But Pogrebnyak was then released without further punishment after an obvious shove on Joey Barton and play was also allowed to continue with Hill down with an obvious head injury. Later the referee awarded Reading a free kick for a non-existent push from a distance of 30 yards away when the linesman next to the incident had given the home team a throw in and Rangers were lucky that no visiting player was available to turn in Obita’s extraordinarily good cross through the Loft End goal mouth.
Rangers were rocking and Barton had to take a suspension-triggering tenth yellow card of the season for fouling McCleary – had he not done so Reading could have been in for a fourth – and Kranjcar followed him into the book for pulling back McAnuff. The game became a stop-start affair, littered with cards and injuries, not helped by an incredibly pernickety refereeing display from Coote. Sky’s decision to schedule this against Arsenal v Liverpool on BT Sport didn’t exactly look shrewd – anybody watching this instead needs their head examined – but for all of that it could have turned into a cliff hanger ending, and potentially another three all draw, had Doyle headed home his second of the game from Hoilett’s deflected cross on the goal line. Only he will know how he missed.
Kaspars Gorkss did his best for his former side with a wild challenge on Junior Hoilett close to the far touchline that brought an immediate and deserved red card – although I’m not sure it was vicious enough for a loyal servant to the club to be booed off by the home fans – but any attempts the visitors did make at capitalising on that numerical advantage were ended by referee Coote who bizarrely decide to start blowing his whistle and awarding fouls for mysterious pushing offences every time the ball went within 20 yards of the Reading penalty area. That restricted the R’s to long range shots only – Traore hit one at McCarthy, Barton smacked a volley a foot over the top.
QPR: Green 6; Hughes 5, Dunne 5, Hill 6, Assou-Ekotto 5 (Benayoun 78, 5); Hoilett 6, Kranjcar 5, Barton 6, Traore 6; Doyle 6, Keane 6 (Zamora 57, 5)
Subs not used: Onuoha, Jenas, Henry, Murphy, Maiga
Goals: Doyle 20 (assisted Traore/Hoilett/Keane)
Bookings: Hoilett 14 (foul), Hill 25 (foul), Barton 60 (foul), Kranjcar 62 (foul)
Reading: McCarthy 6; Gunter 6, Gorkss 6, Pearce 7, Obita 7; McCleary 8 (Kelly 90+3, -), Williams 8, Akpan 7, McAnuff 7; Pogrebnyak 6 (Robson-Kanu 85, -), Le Fondre 7 (Hector 73, 6)
Subs not used: Federici, Drenthe, Guthrie, Blackman
Goals: Williams 10 (assisted Le Fondre), Pearce 56 (assisted McAnuff), McCleary 58 (unassisted)
Sent off: Gorkss 70 (serious foul play)
Bookings: Williams 29 (foul), McCleary 46 (foul), Obita 90 (foul)
Referee – David Coote (Nottinghamshire) 4 A bit of a pain in the arse really. His grasp of the laws around injured players seemed rather loose – Reading were allowed to play on with Clint Hill on the floor with a face injury, then in the second half play was stopped with Pogrebnyak sitting down half a yard from the touchline. The final ten minutes where he awarded free kicks for mystery offences every time QPR went near the penalty area was bizarre. Red card for Gorkss probably justified.
Four red cards in 31 appointments for Coote this season – oddly three of those came in consecutive games in January albeit you’d expect cards from Sheff Utd v Sheff Wed and Leeds v Millwall. He’s shown 128 yellows (4.12) led by eight shown at Hull 2 Ipswich 2 and more recently in Villa’s big home win against Wolves. High profile appointments aplenty then, which suggests he’s earmarked for a step up next season.
Last season he showed 127 yellows (3.2) and seven reds in 39 games and the season before he booked 111 players and sent five off in 30 games. That was topped, on two separate occasions, by a six yellow and two card haul in a single game – Burton v Port Vale and Chesterfield v Peterborough in League One.
This is his fourth Reading appointment of the season so far and they’re yet to win – 2-1 away defeats at Middlesbrough and Sheff Utd, 0-0 at home to Sheff Wed.
Championship >>> Big Easter of football means all our favourites are out in force – Stuart Attwell at Middlesbrough v Wolves and Keith Stroud at Norwich v Fulham on Friday…
League One >>> …Gavin Ward at Northampton v Charlton…
League Two >>> …and Trevor Kettle at Colchester v Luton.
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