The Opposition View - Bradford City
In the wake of yesterday's 1-0 win over Bradford City, here are some views on the game from Bantams' manager Peter Taylor and a few of their fans.
Taylor felt his side had suffered from inconsistent refereeing.
"Overall I'm very disappointed with some of the decisions and it will be interesting when I go to see the officials. Nothing's going to change the result but I just want some consistency - that's all I want," he told BBC Radio Leeds.
"Tommy Doherty probably deserved to get sent off. He didn't do anything terrible but it looks as though he might have done something towards Gareth Ainsworth, but their man probably did worse than that to Jason Price, so where's the consistency?"
"If you want to be an official, you've just got to give what you see and there were a lot of things out there that the referee saw and didn't give," said Taylor.
The Bradford boss was also fuming about the circumstances surrounding Wycombe's goal.
"To me I saw the linesman put the flag up, so for me I thought he was giving us a foul and all of a sudden he doesn't. I was quietly happy even seeing the play go on because I saw the flag up. If they're carrying on why would the official keep his flag up, so to me he's given that decision to us," he said.
"I don't think the officials have had a great day to be honest with you. I think both teams have done really well and I was very pleased with our performance but I'm disappointed with lots of things that went on out there."
Returning to the subject of Doherty's dismissal, Taylor said: "Once I see the DVD, if what's on there is what I think is on there, then I'm disappointed with Tom because he's got to grow up really."
The Bradford fans also focused on the two main talking points - Doherty's sending off and the Wycombe goal.
The following extracts are taken from Claret and Banter, the Bradford City official message board and the Telegraph & Argus.
London Bantam wrote:
'The players fought hard against a dirty Wycombe team who were trying to provoke our lads the whole game. The referee didn't help one bit. Ainsworth kicked Doherty which made him react. It was a sending off but Winfield should also have been sent off for his altercation with Price. Overall I'm incredibly disappointed losing to a team that created hardly any proper chances. Their goal was a complete farce. Their player looked like he'd been shot and everyone stopped. It was unprofessional not to play to the whistle but the referee was incredibly poor with his decision making.'
'As a schoolboy I was told to play to the whistle. Pidgeley and Oliver had their hands in the air practically all game. Embarrassing stuff.'
Bradford are good wrote:
'A disgraceful ref spoiled what could of been a good game of football. Not a bad performance but still lacked that cutting edge against a defence there for the taking. At the end of the day we were cheated no matter what the rules are.'
Bradford 1903 wrote:
'To be fair to the ref he makes a good decision for their goal. Oliver is climbing all over their forward and he plays a good advantage and unfortunately we don't play to the whistle.'
'They were easily the most physical side we have played this season and were helped by a ref with a lenient approach. The Doc had a poor game, mishitting a lot of his passes and struggling with a very physical approach in midfield. He was getting more and more frustrated until he lashed out. Understandable in a kid but poor for a pro with the Doc's experience.'
'It was a good game until the doc got sent off, but it could have been worse cos when they scored Lenny tripped the player before he tapped it over to Betsy to score. I think a draw would have been the fair result.'
"They did look a good side but were a bit toothless in attack and mainly resorted to long range shots - I thought Strevens and Beavon were disappointing. I mean they even managed to make Oliver look good! Not a good omen for them."
'Not sure why there was confusion with the goal, it looks like Oliver jumps into their player, and Doherty's red is justified for me.'
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