Toon Boo-Boys Got To Referee!
Alan Pardew has no complaints about Ryan Taylor's sending off against Bolton, but he says the Boo-Boys got to the referee. Alan Pardew: “It wasn’t high, but it was late and with that kind of take off you’re going to get sent off in this day and age. “If I go back 10 years the boy isn’t getting sent off. He might not even get a booking. “Unfortunately for Ryan he had a bad touch and tried to make up for it, but made a second mistake by going in with too much venom. “He’s not got a malicious bone in him and I’m genuinely disappointed. He just knew he had to make up for his bad touch and in doing so was over zealous and got himself sent off. “There will be no punishment from me on that. I don’t think he meant to harm the player in any shape or form. “I thought the referee was a little bit antagonistic towards the home team. I think sometimes the referees, when the crowd gets on them, it doesn’t work in your favour. “That is human nature. I don’t mean it as any criticism, I just think he got wrapped up in it a bit. The crowd were booing him and he almost thought ‘Oh, that looks like another one’. “It was no reflection on the result. I’m not trying to hide behind it at all.” “I just felt events worked against us in the end. It all started on Friday because Joey had felt his thigh a little bit, but he turned up on the morning and everything seemed OK. But as soon as he started hitting a couple of balls in the warm-up he just didn’t feel right. “That was a set-back, but Ryan came into the team and we didn’t really look any different. To be fair to Ryan, I thought he did very well in the first half and we created enough chances to win the game. “But it didn’t come and we then gifted them a goal, which was a bit of a blow to us. I thought second half we could kick on and regroup, but it changed again. “We were struggling a little bit and I took the option of trying to win the game, what with the position we’re in in the league. I put two strikers on and I thought we were better after that. “Chances came and went. There were two good teams on the pitch and I actually thought it was a good Premier League game. A draw was a fair result."
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