Nor­man red card was poor de­ci­sion

Rochdale Observer - - FAITH NEWS SCHOOL NEWS -

KEITH Hill be­lieved ref­eree Matt Dono­hue and his team got it wrong in dis­miss­ing goal­keeper Mag­nus Nor­man on Tues­day.

The Dale stop­per was sent off for a chal­lenge on Stefan Payne to­wards the end of the first half and while Hill was pleased with the man­ner in which his play­ers re­sponded, he was less than im­pressed by the of­fi­cials.

“The first half ended dra­mat­i­cally with Mag­nus get­ting sent off and then the sec­ond half is very dif­fi­cult but I thought we man­aged it very well,” he said. “You are al­ways go­ing to come un­der pres­sure, the op­po­si­tion will al­ways cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties, but I thought it was pretty even in the sec­ond half. I thought the body lan­guage from the play­ers was su­perb and re­flected our iden­tity, so I am pretty pleased.

“Mag­nus shouldn’t have been sent off, they (the match of­fi­cials) con­trived to make a real mess of it. The ref­eree doesn’t know, the lines­man doesn’t know and be­tween them they try to cre­ate this pic­ture for the sup­port­ers and for the tech­ni­cal area I sup­pose, that they are do­ing what they are sup­posed to be do­ing and do­ing what they know is cor­rect, but we just want cor­rect de­ci­sions and they didn’t make the cor­rect de­ci­sion in send­ing Mag­nus off.”

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