Michael Oliver (Northumberland) made some strange calls, with the throw-in that led to the only goal illustrating the point.

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In that case his indecision was final – and fatal. Seems to be have overcome the urge to wave the red card, though.

Norwich City boss Paul Lambert revealed in his post-match press briefing that Oliver had been over-ruled by his near side assistant regarding the pivotal throw-in when Elliott Bennett’s sliding challenge deflected the ball against Marc Wilson.

“I think it was our throw,” said Lambert. “The referee has actually indicated it is ours and is walking away as if it is a throw to us and waved his hand a little bit as if to say it was a Norwich throw.

“The linesman has over-ruled him, for some reason. I think it was there for everybody to see that it was a Norwich throw. He did actually admit to me going up the tunnel that he was giving it to us, but the linesman for some reason over-ruled him.

“The players were making that point to the referee at the final whistle. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to see that, but we are not going to beat ourselves up about it. He said the linesman was in a better position, but looking back at it then the referee is equally as close. He has let the linesman change his mind.”

Norwich City defender Zak Whitbread added: “From where I’m standing it was our throw. Without wanting to get into trouble, they’ll make their own decisions and whether they know or not is not for me to talk about – but we are disappointed with it.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis conceded Norwich City may have had a case over the contentious throw-in.

“I haven’t seen it again but if that is right then we have got a little bit of luck - which I felt we deserved,” he said. “I thought we were the team trying to go forward and win it.

• Referee rating: 5/10

11 comments

  • You`ve found the trick, baguio. Say the opposite of what you mean. The Crab reckons you should just say nice things about Archant occasionally and it helps. Bitter pill, I know. That cannot be the full article. Certainly not prolix. They`ve left a bit behind somewhere. Woolpack?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 5, 2012

  • Did someone's post end up as an article?!

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    Smudger75

    Monday, March 5, 2012

  • robotsthatcare, spot on. They probably sent a lad over to the Woolpack to retrieve the lost scroll. Or maybe it was Madame Whiplash`s Emporium? If so, they may have found my pre-season points prediction, which I`m informed may have been left there by the Vicar I naively entrusted it to, in the absence of an available Rabbi. Or, maybe Archant just belatedly inserted a few shards from other "articles" about the match, after you had pointed out the inadequacy of their first attempt? The Moderators will certainly send you a "thankyou, rtc" e-mail in due course. Not!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 6, 2012

  • A very bitter attempt at an "article". I watched the game and wasn't too impressed with the performance of the players. We NEVER looked a real threat. Mistakes happen, i'm sure we had a 'wrong' decision given to us in the game, we were just not good enough (on the day) to make good use of it.

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    Jonny Pugh

    Monday, March 5, 2012

  • Most of you boys are stoke fans so you won't get a decentsensiblewell versed response...they beat us fair and square, hands up first and foresmost. My point doesn't centre around the ref's mistake as that can happen anytime, it's more about him being a child and not handling situations correctly (especially when you're playing a team like Stoke who just smash their way through). He should not be refereeing at this level just yet that's for sure. Also. when you're winning it's just about ok to accept Stoke's style (just), but what sort of tosh do you have to watch when you're losing?! You guys need a medal, or have already had some form of eyeball removal as that is awful to watch...truly woeful. Don't get me wrong, it's served you well but I'd rather pay to watch your granny play twister naked. You people must be really ill to endure that abysmal air ball guff (the ball is in the air for 80% of the time so I'm surprised you don't have problems due to your rubber necking). Get rid of Pulis and see where you end up when you actually have to be forced in to playing football.

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    JimBob

    Monday, March 5, 2012

  • stokes style of play is a let down to not only the premiership but also england,hate hearing the (spanish)comments of stoke play the english way, if a team from sheep humping land can play football the right way ,stoke should at least try it, stoke are the only team in europe that even messi could not improve their side,

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    jmm

    Monday, March 5, 2012

  • Did someone's post end up as an article?!

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    Smudger75

    Monday, March 5, 2012

  • Oh well done Archant. Publish 3 or 4 lines of a story, wait for a few derogatory comments to be posted then publish the rest of the story. Surely your finest hour

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    robotsthatcare

    Monday, March 5, 2012

  • Would love to make a comment but will only get an email from archant saying it's been moderated so can't be bothered!

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    baguio

    Monday, March 5, 2012

  • Yes, Jonny, Stoke should have had a penalty (blatant shirt-tugging again!). Poor game. One to forget. I`ve forgotten already. Forgotten what?...

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 5, 2012

  • Archant if this the best you can do then close the business immediately

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    robotsthatcare

    Monday, March 5, 2012

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