Dougie fumes at ref’s de­ci­sions

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - To comment on this match go to http://boards.footy­ By Rob Do­man

DOUGIE Freed­man slated Carl Boye­son’s ref­er­ee­ing dis­play af­ter the of­fi­cial over­shad­owed a pul­sat­ing draw be­tween Bolton and Read­ing.

Freed­man’s Bolton side were twice de­nied what looked like clear cut penal­ties while the Royals prof­ited from Boye­son’s in­con­sis­tent per­for­mance as Nick Black­man scored from the spot to can­cel out Dar­ren Prat­ley’s firsthalf opener.

Adam Le Fon­dre spurned a great chance to steal all three points for the vis­i­tors as both goal­keep­ers were kept busy in a fran­tic sec­ond-half.

But de­spite be­ing happy with a point Freed­man was left won­der­ing what might have been had the de­ci­sions gone his way.

“I thought the penalty the ref­eree gave to Read­ing was the only de­ci­sion he got right in the match,” Freed­man said.

“The con­sis­tency of the de­ci­sion-mak­ing was dif­fi­cult to take and the flow of the game wasn’t man­aged right which was dis­ap­point­ing.

“We were out­stand­ing in the first-half against a real top team and if an­other of our chances had gone in be­fore half-time then maybe it is a dif­fer­ent game.

“But Read­ing looked liked a Pre­mier League side and kept to their tac­tics re­ally well and I will be amazed if they don’t fin­ish the sea­son in the top six.”

Prat­ley gave Bolton the start they were look­ing for when he rose to plant Mark Tier­ney’s 14th minute cross be­yond Alex McCarthy from seven yards out.

McCarthy par­ried David Ngog’s ef­fort soon af­ter how­ever when he took aim from in­side the penalty area.

And an­other shot by the French­man was de­flected just shy of the top cor­ner on 22 min­utes be­fore Mo­hamed Ka­mara went within a whisker of putting the Trot­ters two up with a stun­ning 30-yard strike that came back off the post.

But de­spite the Trot­ters’ first-half dom­i­nance they found them­selves back on level terms six min­utes af­ter the break when David Wheater’s hand­ball al­lowed Black­man to slot home from the penalty spot.

That sparked new life into the vis­i­tors as Garath McCleary saw his shot palmed wide by Adam Bog­dan be­fore the Bolton keeper blocked a close range header from Alex Pearce.

McCarthy saved from ChungYong Lee at the other end and Pearce lived dan­ger­ously from the re­sult­ing cor­ner when the ball struck his hand only for Boye­son to wave Bolton’s ap­peals away.

A Jay Spear­ing thun­der­bolt flashed wide while Read­ing sub Le Fon­dre pro­duced a fine 69th minute reaction save from Bog­dan as the home side were re­cov­er­ing from yet an­other fruit­less penalty shout.

Prat­ley’s danger­ous cross was clawed away from un­der the cross­bar by McCarthy as the at­mos­phere reached fever pitch and an­other Pearce header was thwarted by Bog­dan.

Read­ing man­ager Nigel Ad­kins said: “It was a crack­ing match – great en­ter­tain­ment for the sup­port­ers.

“I thought we started brightly. The goal set us back a bit but in the sec­ond-half we were strong, fit and I thought we dom­i­nated for good spells.

“The big talk­ing points are the sev­eral de­ci­sions that the ref­eree has had to make which led to a re­ally ex­cit­ing af­ter­noon for the fans.”

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