Championship referees under attack
Sean Dyche was far from happy with the performance of referee Carl Boyeson on Tuesday but he wasn't the only referee to be attacked by Championship managers with those of Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich leading the way. A late winner from Chris Eagles
Wednesday boss Dave Jones laid into referee Darren Sheldrake on Sky Sports News on Tuesday night. He'd seen his side, already in front against Watford, be denied a penalty or goal. It was a controversial incident that saw Nyron Nosworthy handle the ball before it crossed the line, but nothing was given.
"If I can see the handball from 60 yards away and all my players can see it, then why can't the officials see it?" blasted Jones. In his television interview he argued that the standard of refereeing is currently nowhere near good enough. I think you'll find a lot of people agreeing with that right now.
Meanwhile, Ipswich had two players sent off at Nottingham Forest. Mick McCarthy wasn't at all happy either, but more so with the antics of Little Billy's Forest players.
McCarthy had no argument with the straight red for Lee Martin for retaliation after he'd been stamped on. He said: "Lee retaliated after the guy caught him on the ankle but it's always the player who retaliates who gets done.
"I can't argue with that red card and it's disappointing obviously. I did not like the way the player rolled around though. Lee didn't make that much contact."
McCarthy didn't think Richard Stearman's second yellow was just and again accused Andy Reid of going down and rolling around. What made it worse was Forest grabbing a late winner against nine men.
Whilst on the subject of referees, I've had the chance to take a second look at the two major decisions at Burnley and Boyeson most definitely got both wrong. Stephen Foster should have walked for the pull back on Charlie Austin and heaven knows how the penalty has not been given.
All the B teams played each other in four games on Tuesday and, besides ours, the one of interest was that between Bolton and Blackburn at the Reebok. I was asked before kick off which of the two I wanted to win the game. As if I needed asking.
Chris Eagles was a player who always got mixed reviews at Burnley. His popularity over at Bolton is lower than it ever was during his three years at Turf Moor but he was a hero to both sets of fans when he scored the winner deep into stoppage time. I always found myself chanting EAGLES - EAGLES.
Which takes us nicely onto the other Eagles, Crystal Palace. One thing this lot are good at is winning penalties. They got another two on Tuesday. Glenn Murray missed yet another but when the second came round it was given to Kevin Phillips. He scored in first half stoppage time and within just a few minutes of the second half starting he'd completed a hat trick.
He's only three short of 250 career league goals. He's not far off 40 but you have to wonder what the hell Blackpool are doing letting him play down at Palace on loan.
Phillips was scoring a hat trick at one London ground but there was something far more rare at another, a Wolves win. It was a first for Dean Saunders and Wolves' first since the Saturday before Christmas.
It was enough to lift them out of the bottom three so Barnsley are back in there along with Peterborough and Bristol City. Up at the top it's the Udinese franchise of Hertfordshire in second place.
They are in a battle now with Hull and Palace, and it was Hull that Palace beat 4-2 with that Phillips hat trick, for the second automatic promotion place. That's assuming none of them catch Cardiff who might just be going into end of season cock it up form.
The results from Tuesday are below along with the usual stats and the next fixtures.The Results Tuesday 5th March Birmingham City 1 Blackpool 1 Huddersfield Town 2 Middlesbrough 1 Bolton Wanderers 1 Blackburn Rovers 0 Leicester City 1 Leeds United 1 Bristol City 0 Brighton & Hove Albion 0 Millwall 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 Burnley 1 Barnsley 1 Nottingham Forest 1 Ipswich Town 0 Cardiff City 1 Derby County 1 Peterborough United 2 Charlton Athletic 2 Crystal Palace 4 Hull City 2 Watford 2 Sheffield Wednesday 1
The Stats Biggest Win Crystal Palace 4-2 v Hull City (home)Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 v Millwall (away) Total Goals Scored 28 (16 home - 12 away)
Player Scoring Most Goals3 - Kevin Phillips - Crystal Palace v Hull City Highest Attendance 22,260 - Leicester City v Leeds United Lowest Attendance 6,050 - Peterborough United v Charlton Athletic Total Yellow Cards 32 Total Red Cards 2 Most Cards in a Game Nottingham Forest v Ipswich Town (5Y 2R) Ref: David Webb
Leading Goalscorers (League Only) 27 Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) - includes 7 penalties 23 Charlie Austin (Burnley) - includes 3 penalties 22 Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) - includes 2 penalties, 2 with Huddersfield Town 20 Matej Vydra (Watford) - includes 2 penalties 18 Chris Wood (Leicester City) - 11 with Millwall 17 Tom Ince (Blackpool) - includes 3 penalties 15 Luciano Becchio (Leeds United) - includes 4 penalties 14 Troy Deeney (Watford) - includes 2 penaltiesDavid Nugent (Leicester City) - includes 1 penalty 13 Marlon King (Birmingham City) - includes 3 penalties 11 Steven Davies (Bristol City) - includes 2 penaltiesSylvan Ebanks-Blake (Wolverhampton Wanderers) - includes 2 penaltiesScott McDonald (Middlesbrough)Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton & Hove Albion) - includes 2 penaltiesJamie Ward (Derby County) - includes 4 penalties 10 Almen Abdi (Watford) - includes 2 penaltiesDJ Campbell (Blackburn Rovers) - 10 with Ipswich TownCraig Davies (Bolton Wanderers) - includes 2 penalties, 8 with BarnsleyDwight Gayle (Peterborough United)Billy Sharp (Nottingham Forest) - includes 3 penalties
Hat Tricks Date Player & Game 01/09/12 3: Pete Whittingham - CARDIFF CITY v Wolverhampton Wanderers 15/09/12 3: Charlie Austin - BURNLEY v Peterborough United 22/09/12 3: Glenn Murray - CRYSTAL PALACE v Cardiff City 22/09/12 4: Craig Davies - Birmingham City v BARNSLEY 23/09/12 3: David Nugent - LEICESTER CITY v Hull City 29/09/12 3: Emile Sinclair - Hull City v PETERBOROUGH UNITED 02/10/12 3: Charlie Austin - BURNLEY v Sheffield Wednesday 23/10/12 3: Marlon King - Millwall v BIRMINGHAM CITY 06/11/12 3: Glenn Murray - CRYSTAL PALACE v Ipswich Town 17/11/12 3: Jordan Rhodes - Peterborough United v BLACKBURN ROVERS 12/01/13 3: Chris Wood - Bristol City v LEICESTER CITY 19/02/13 3: Radoslaw Majewski - NOTTINGHAM FOREST v Huddersfield Town 02/03/13 3: Dwight Gayle - Blackburn Rovers v PETERBOROUGH UNITED 02/03/13 3: Leonardo Ulloa - BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION v Huddersfield Town 05/03/13 3: Kevin Phillips - CRYSTAL PALACE v Hull City
Disciplinary Record (League and Cup) Club Y R Y R Club Y R Y R League Total League Total Barnsley 45 1 53 2 Huddersfield Town 66 4 75 4 Birmingham City 48 3 52 3 Hull City 42 1 45 2 Blackburn Rovers 55 0 64 0 Ipswich Town 41 2 43 2 Blackpool 42 1 44 1 Leeds United 49 2 59 2 Bolton Wanderers 67 2 71 2 Leicester City 36 1 40 1 Brighton & Hove Albion 51 2 56 2 Middlesbrough 48 1 58 1 Bristol City 44 0 47 0 Millwall 66 3 73 3 Burnley 69 2 77 3 Nottingham Forest 58 4 58 5 Cardiff City 61 2 64 2 Peterborough United 46 1 49 1 Charlton Athletic 48 2 49 3 Sheffield Wednesday 66 1 72 1 Crystal Palace 49 2 60 2 Watford 63 4 66 4 Derby County 49 2 50 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 45 2 49 2
Highest and Lowest Attendances Highest Lowest Att Fixture Att Fixture 33,010 Derby County v Nottingham Forest (19/01) 5,435 Peterborough United v Bristol City (18/09) 28,707 Nottingham Forest v Derby County (30/09) 5,633 Peterborough United v Blackpool (01/12) 28,595 Wolverhampton W v Ipswich Town (29/12) 5,997 Peterborough Utd v Blackburn Rovers (17/11) 28,582 Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds United (19/10) 6,050 Peterborough Utd v Charlton Athletic (05/03) 28,229 Middlesbrough v Sheffield Wednesday (09/11) 6,188 Peterborough United v Millwall (21/08) 27,437 Derby County v Sheffield Wednesday (18/08) 6,214 Peterborough United v Hull City (19/01) 26,938 Nottingham Forest v Huddersfield Town (19/02) 6,348 Peterborough Utd v Huddersfield Town(23/10) 26,727 Brighton & Hove Albion v Watford (29/12) 6,600 Peterborough Utd v Bolton Wand (23/12) 26,684 Brighton & HA v Nottingham Forest (15/12) 6,612 Peterborough Utd v Middlesbrough (08/12) 26,670 Nottingham Forest v Leeds United (26/12) 6,648 Peterborough Utd v Burnley (02/02)
The Next Fixtures Saturday 9th March Birmingham City v Derby County Leicester City v Sheffield Wednesday Bolton Wanderers v Brighton & Hove Albion Nottingham Forest v Wolverhampton Wanderers Bristol City v Middlesbrough Peterborough United v Ipswich Crystal Palace v Leeds United Watford v Blackpool Huddersfield Town v Charlton Athletic Monday 11th March Burnley v Hull City
Source: Clarets Mad
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