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Poor Leeds leave Wise fuming
22 Jan 2007 - 10:01:15
Furious Leeds United boss Dennis Wise slammed the performance of replacement referee Neil Swarbrick following the Whites' 3-2 home defeat by West Brom on Saturday.
The ailing Elland Road outfit are now level on points with bottom club Southend and, after their latest defeat, Wise rounded on Swarbrick, who was belatedly appointed in place of Steve Bennett.
Wise thought Albion striker Diomansy Kamara took too much time to leave the pitch on being substituted and was angry that the striker made a gesture to the home crowd.
He blasted: "It took Kamara more than four minutes to walk off. How the referee could only allow four minutes added time I don't know.
"Kamara was taking his time and I pushed him to get him off the pitch. I'd had enough of him making gestures to the crowd.
"I wish we'd had Steve Bennett in charge today. The referee's performance was very poor and he didn't control the game."
Wise was also critical of his own defenders, adding: "You can't defend like that, it was poor.
"We were a bit afraid of Kamara's pace and stood off him. West Brom have a lot of quality but I thought we deserved something from the game."