Having been to only a few games this season, i have become increasingly frustrated by the amount of cheating and spineless refereeing that we are continually subjected to in the lower divisions. The game against Bristol Rovers at home was the extreme case where even from the first minutes of the game, Rovers sought to spoil the game at every opportunity - delaying throw ins, free kicks, goal keepers taking an eternity to get the ball back into play - and then my pet hate is players not retreating 10 yards from the ball. I always used to think that running the ball into the corner in the last 5 minutes to run the clock down was pathetic, but these current tactics far outstrip anything in the past.
This then leads to the spineless refereeing we see, where the issue is not addressed at the root - yellow cards not brandished until the closing minutes at which point it is too late. This along with players feigning injury (the goalkeeper on Saturday in the dying stages another shocking example), diving and a general inconsistency with decisions. The pinnacle of which on Saturday was the referees decsion not to award a penalty for the challenge on Oteh - anywhere else on the pitch he would have brought the game back and given the foul as there was no advantage. But basically he bottled it - all because Oteh didnt go down!
When are we going to get a decent ref - i would like to give them the benefit of the doubt as it is a hard gig, but they need to start helping themselves