Ref’s bad day had knock-on effect
I have always liked Mark Halsey, as a person and as a referee, and I was delighted to see him back refereeing after his battle against cancer.
You could talk to him on and off the pitch as well as have a laugh and a joke with him when the time was right, unlike quite a number of other referees.
But I have to admit he had a very bad day at the office on Sunday. In all fairness he had a shocker.
He got the big decisions wrong, in my opinion, and to the fury of Paul Lambert, his players and all of the Canary faithful at Carrow Road on Sunday afternoon; those decisions went to the Baggies.
How he failed to see Jonas Olsson pull Chris Martin’s shirt as he timed his run to perfection into Albion’s penalty box we’ll never know!
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How he pointed to the penalty spot when there was very minimal contact between Steve Morison and Steven Reid only he knows. And last of all, how on earth he said he didn’t see a flying elbow from Gabriel Tamas straight in the face of James Vaughan is beyond belief.
It was a clear elbow and should have been a penalty, which if converted would have given the Canaries a much-deserved point.
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I thought young Declan Rudd had a very good game on his full Premier League debut, especially after the start the team had. In my opinion, the goal was not his fault. As a defender, Richie De Laet should have dealt with the situation much better than he did. What infuriated me more than the goal, though, was De Laet’s reaction afterwards, trying to blame Declan when it was clearly his mistake.
What he should have done was to hold his hands up and accept responsibility for his error.
It’s the long trip up to the Reebok Stadium tomorrow to face Owen Coyle’s men, who will still be smarting from last weekend’s hammering at the hands of the champions. It was clearly men against boys last week and I’m sure Norwich will face a different Bolton side come three o’clock tomorrow.
Norwich need a win. The longer the lads go without a win it will have an effect on them mentally. I think Bolton will be a very stern test for the lads and they will have to be at their very best to get anything from the game.
If one thing is for sure it’s that they can’t keep conceding poor goals like the one against WBA, and they do need to be more clinical in front of goal when the chances come their way. Of course they will know this full well and won’t need telling from me.
I just hope the luck that has gone against the lads in the first four games of the season soon changes and they start getting the rub of the green in front of goal and from refereeing decisions! If they apply themselves and work as hard as they have done in the first four games, then it’s only a matter of when and not if this will happen.