Step on the Gaz
PUBLISHED: 11:16 26 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:14 24 August 2010
IT felt like all four seasons in one day on Saturday - and all the emotions in one day to match. Scoring three goals again - especially away from home - was a fantastic achievement, but the last-minute goals we keep letting in are killing us. Mick McCarth
IT felt like all four seasons in one day on Saturday - and all the emotions in one day to match.
Scoring three goals again - especially away from home - was a fantastic achievement, but the last-minute goals we keep letting in are killing us.
Mick McCarthy showed a lot of admiration for us at the end of the game - I could tell he was relieved to take a point and certainly knew his side hadn't deserved three.
We had a video session on Tuesday and highlighted two or three errors leading up to Wolves' third goal, things that need to be addressed.
Two of the major talking points were the penalties and I think most people agreed that neither of them should have been awarded.
But we felt we had a much better claim when Mikele got a push in the back early on - in fact the fourth official said to me 'I think you've been hard done by'.
He also pointed out that the referee had a different angle. There's no doubt that referees are an integral part of the game and they can make or break a season.
Referees have been a bit of a talking point over the last week or so and I have to say I don't like referees who seem to enjoy the limelight and become minor celebrities.
Fifteen years ago, most people would probably have struggled to name many refs at all - now there are 10 or 15 who are very well-known and that's not really what the game's about.
But I also think there's no excuse for a player getting booked for dissent. That's a sign of weakness, not passion.
In nearly 20 years playing football I've never seen a referee change his mind - even if he knows he's wrong, he's not going to admit he made a mistake.
So you have to keep it in mind that you might be up against a 12th man and sometimes the decisions go against you, which should make you more determined to work even harder.
We've only got six games left this season, but there's plenty of hard work ahead, starting with Ipswich.
Not many people fancied them at the beginning of the season, but they've sneaked in there unnoticed and now they're in a good position to reach the play-offs.
If you look at Ipswich's home record, on paper it's a home banker. But we can definitely play some football too and beat them at their own game.