Pleasing to hear it was a good performance yesterday. Looking at the fixtures coming up there is every opportunity to stick together another unbeaten run to get somewhere near to keeping up with Barton's 'performance indicators'. The main question I would have though if we did manage to sneak promotion through the back door, is could we afford to spend the money required to ensure we do not come straight back down again? It's a difficult one. 'Can we afford not to be in the Football League?' versus 'Can we afford to be in the Football League?'
Hard to tell, was it perhaps the flailing arm at the end of the clip? Cant really tell, unless he was impeding the rovers player at the back post maybe? Pretty harsh decision either way.
Ive watched it about half a dozen times now at the highest resolution (I really need to get out more!) and the only thing I can think is the linesman flagged for Mac holding the Rovers player down by his shirt when he tries to get his head on the ball at the back post. It looks a perfectly aimed free kick at just the right height for someone at the back post to get a head on it.
Yeah sorry the quality is from a iPhone then cropped later so its not going to be great. That's why i paused the video at the arm swinging but a part from that it didn't look too bad
Post by Ditmar van Nostrilboy on Jan 2, 2015 12:32:30 GMT
Fair enough then. I wish the officials would be a bit more bloody consistent though. You see it time and time again at every match. All it takes is a warning to the managers that refs will crack down on it by booking offenders and it will soon stop. Happens in the penalty and if its a defender doing the tugging, its a yellow card and a penalty. If its an attacker, its a yellow card and a free kick. If its both at the same time, a yellow card each and a drop ball.
Just listened to it Jon . Firstly I apologise to Angus for critcising him on the day he must be truly p*ssed off after looking more in control of late. Surely we can appeal the second yellow? Obvious to me that this was yet another dreadful decision by a very poor linesman and weak referee who were no doubt looking for a way to even the game up with the Rovers crowd baying for blood. Thought the officials were poor the last time we played at this level but some of the crap officiating I have witnessed this time around has to be seen to be believed.
I guess we wouldn't be complaining if it was given to us but that one is utterly ridiculous and makes you wonder if Taylor had a large wager on a 1-1 draw! No means of getting that decision changed now we all have to live with it including the players and manager. How do you approach a game when this sort of thing happens.
If there were a procedure where ludicrous decisions such as this could be reviewed and judged and those guilty could be held accountable it would offer some consolation and would perhaps have a positive effect on the standards of officiating.
The game in general has become a complete minefield full of ludicrous inconsistency. Rules, including handballs in the box, need much more clarity. Surely it would be better if the rules were any ball to hand incident is a pen? Or any hands on an opponent in the box is a foul or a pen, no contact at all by arms, legs or head, shoulders only. Grey areas that require referees. good or bad to make instant judgement which need clearing up in my mind.
Post by Ditmar van Nostrilboy on Jan 3, 2015 14:05:26 GMT
Not to mention the Rovers player puts his head forward at Angus, the same way Bowman did when he got red carded... Shocking decision really, though worth noting despite all the comments about the crap free kick going straight out, it bounces in the 6 yard box... The rovers player was clearly trying to climb on Angus as well, so how that can be a penalty, god knows...
Good to meet Forevertufc at Bristol Rovers on Thursday. Also RJD, Jon and several other members of this website.
As well as those who are members of other "forums" (including one particularly scurrilous individual who is currently on a cyberspace form of "gardening leave").
And, of course, those who are members of no Internet forum at all. Such as the man who kept up an entertaining "dialogue" with Rovers substitute Ellis Harrison.
Ten minutes into last Easter's game at The Mem I was bemoaning the fact that Bristol Rovers were precisely the sort of club I'd miss playing in the future. Them and Exeter, Plymouth - and on occasions - Swindon, Bournemouth and Bristol City. Clubs which, off and on, we've been playing since the 1920s.
Then, with ten minutes of that game remaining, I reasoned we'd actually be back playing Rovers again this season. I guess - other than the results - Bristol Rovers were perfect Boxing Day and New Year opponents. We could almost kid ourselves that we were back in the Football League for the duration.
Of course it was like that during our first Conference season. Exeter City home and away. Biggest crowds against them for donkey's years. Who'd have thought it?
The following year was Weymouth away on Boxing Day. Enjoyable enough but not quite the same. Bloody cold too. As for next year, if Rovers don't get promoted, I imagine we'll be facing them at the same time again. Otherwise it may well be Forest Green or, depending on pairings, Eastleigh.