Posh men in de­mand

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - YOURTELEGRAPH - By Joel Lamy joel.lamy@jpress.co.uk @PTJoelLamy

Steve Evans has never been one to hold back his feel­ings after a foot­ball match - even the most un­event­ful ones.

So when he has two of his play­ers sent off by a rookie ref­eree and his side are beaten, you just know the sparks will fly.

And they cer­tainly did at Home Park on Satur­day as he let rip at the post-match press con­fer­ence fol­low­ing a 2-1 loss to fel­low play-off chasers Ply­mouth Ar­gyle.

The fu­ri­ous Posh boss de­scribed ref­eree Craig Hicks as “hor­ren­dous” and ac­cused him of be­ing a “buck­ler” and claimed he cost Posh a “good point”.

Evans had no com­plaints with the stop­page time penalty de­ci­sion which led to the win­ning goal, but he was en­raged by the send­ing off of Liam Shep­hard on 75 min­utes for what ap­peared to be an in­nocu­ous com­ing to­gether with Gra­ham Carey.

Fur­ther de­ci­sions by the ref­eree not to send off Ar­gyle’s Jamie Ness for a foul on Ge­orge Cooper, or Ryan Tay­lor for catch­ing Jack Bald­win in the area, were also crit­i­cised by Evans.

He fumed: “He sends my right-back off and says it’s an el­bow, but Carey’s run into my player - it’s a sham­bolic de­ci­sion.

“The tackle from the boy Ness on Ge­orge Cooper - he’s al­ready on a yel­low. Per­haps it’s a straight red. If you give him the ben­e­fit it’s a sec­ond yel­low.

“He’s a buck­ler for me. I’m not ques­tion­ing his in­tegrity and his hon­esty but he’s pro­duced a di­a­bol­i­cal per­for­mance in such a big game for both clubs.

“We didn’t get beat by Ply­mouth, we got beaten by an hor­ren­dous ref­eree.

“But if you look at the game we started re­ally well and went in front.

“We played great foot­ball and should have scored a sec­ond one but Ge­orge Cooper put it over the bar.

“They get a goal for me against the run of play. Ply­mouth then have a lit­tle spell.

“Sec­ond half they have more of the ball than us, but let’s look at the de­ci­sions. Let’s look at why Ness is on the park and Ryan Tay­lor, who el­bows a player.

“Play­ers are hon­est. I’ve spo­ken to two or three Ply­mouth boys as I’m walk­ing off and they don’t know why Ness is on the pitch or Ryan Tay­lor.

“There’s defin­ing mo­ments. Liam Shep­hard’s is never a red card. If Steven Tay­lor has said some­thing in­ap­pro­pri­ate the ref­eree has the right to take what­ever ac­tion he takes.

“But these are not fine line de­ci­sions. He’s cost us a good point.

“He should not be in League One. He’s had seven or eight games in League One and when you check his stats - and all man­agers check them - prob­a­bly none in an at­mos­phere like to­day, prob­a­bly not with the value of the game there is to­day, and he buck­led it.”

Evans was once again full of praise for Mar­riott, de­scrib­ing him as “gold dust,” and was pleased with Cooper who re­placed Mar­cus Mad­di­son after the for­ward turned his an­kle in train­ing on Fri­day.

At­ten­tion now turns to Rochdale at home on Satur­day fol­lowed by trips to first and third in the ta­ble - Black­burn Rovers and Shrews­bury Town.

Evans was pleased with the per­for­mance of Ge­orge Cooper

Evans: ‘The ref­eree has pro­duced a di­a­bol­i­cal per­for­mance’

Liam Shep­hard is shown a red card. Gra­ham Carey is floored.

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