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I VE been involved in one or two crazy refereeing decisions during my career, but I ve not seen anything quite like the goal that wasn t at Watford on Saturday. Sometimes you look at the incident afterwards and you d say the decision was five or 10 per ce
I'VE been involved in one or two crazy refereeing decisions during my career, but I've not seen anything quite like the goal that wasn't at Watford on Saturday.
Sometimes you look at the incident afterwards and you'd say the decision was five or 10 per cent accurate, but that one was zero per cent.
I know a lot of people have been advocating video referees straight away and I don't want to do that as such, but here's an idea - what about having a fifth official?
We've got the technology for him to sit in the stand and watch the game five seconds behind real time, or replay an incident and speak to the referee through an earpiece.
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I wouldn't want a situation like they have in rugby, where you're stopping and watching a big screen every few minutes - but I can't believe we don't use technology for penalties or shots crossing the line.
Still, replays wouldn't have done us any good at Coventry with the penalty we conceded - it was fairly clear-cut and we can't complain.
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Overall I felt a draw would probably have been fair. We absolutely battered Coventry in the second half and a few of their players knew they'd been quite lucky when they came off at full-time.
We had positives, though - not conceding from open play again, Akos getting minutes under his belt and the fact that despite losing the game, we're still fourth in the league.
In the past we might have settled for four points from our next two home games, but now we have to aim for all six.
Derby could be tricky - it's a situation where they're still feeling the shock of relegation and trying to get out of a rut.
They were always going to win at some stage, but you need more than one win if you're going to compete and I don't think we'll see the best of Derby for some time yet.
Paul Jewell's sides always work hard when he's able to bring in his own players and I get the feeling he's still in the middle of that process now.
The Championship has a habit of swallowing up a big club every now and then - as QPR know only too well - and Derby have to be careful that doesn't happen to them.
Blackpool aren't as big a club as Derby, but they're in good form at the moment and it's always pleasing if you can beat a team in form.
I'm sure Nards will have a point to prove if he plays. He never really got a run at QPR and because he's a player who really thrives on confidence and scoring goals, it didn't work out for him here.
But the lads will know how to handle him and the rest of the Blackpool team - and I'm sure we've got the firepower to do some damage at the other end of the pitch as well.