Crawley Town manager Scott Lindsey has delivered a brutal assessment of the referee’s performance following their 1-0 defeat at the hands of Barrow yesterday.
The Red Devils travelled to Holker Park hoping to build on last weekend’s impressive win over promotion-chasing Accrington Stanley as they looked to close the gap on those occupying the play-off places. However, a solitary strike from Dom Telford early in the second half was enough to hand the home side the three points and extend their unbeaten run in League Two to eight games.
Barrow had enjoyed the better of the opening 45 minutes and were unlucky not to be in front at the break, with an array of chances going begging which included one effort rebounding off the post. The goal was the turning point though, with Lindsey unhappy that it was allowed to stand after defender Will Wright appeared to have been fouled just inside his own half as the hosts broke forward.
To make matters worse, it was the goalscorer who committed the alleged offence, with the referee waving play on. The former Swindon Town boss has run the risk of a FA sanction with his post-match comments, claiming the official’s performance was a disgrace. Via Sussex World, the 51-year-old said;
“I don’t even know where to begin with, it’s a head injury, the rules say you stop play.
“I’m really angry at the referee’s performance today. It was nothing short of being a disgrace really.”
Crawley had their opportunities to level throughout the second half, but Barrow were good value for their three points in the end. Lindsey will be hoping his team can bounce back next weekend when they host Harrogate Town, with just a point separating the two teams.
Lindsey has every right to be aggrieved with the decision, especially if the game failed to be stopped for a head injury. However, his side did have opportunities to get back into the game and could have nicked a point if they were more clinical in front of goal.
Football is about moments and this one certainly had a bearing on the final result. It seems as though the standard of refereeing in League One and Two especially is a weekly debate, with this the latest in a long line of contentious decisions which have caused a stir in recent weeks,