Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has taken another swipe at match referees after he felt another 'sub-standard' performance from the officials affected his side's ability to pick up points.
Referee Oliver Langford booked Glovers striker Sam Williams for diving just before half time, and awarded Brighton and Hove Albion a free kick that led to their second goal. But Skiverton claimed after the match that Williams was just trying to get out of the way of a tackle from Brighton's Tommy Elphick and felt the referee had misjudged the situation.
Referee Langford balanced things out somewhat during the second half, with a number of home-crowd-friendly decisions, along with the award of a penalty eight minutes from time that gave the Glovers a share of the points, but Skiverton told the Western Daily Press that he was fed up with the poor standard that he was seeing out there:
"We cannot keep coming up against referees every week that are sub-standard. It is just so disappointing when I am trying to learn my way in the game as a manager and I am getting frustrated. I understand that it is a difficult job. If I do not do well in my job then I will get the sack and it seems that people can get away with it week-in, week-out and get patted on the back by the people upstairs."
Skiverton was already fuming about the performance of match referee Tony Bates in the 2-0 defeat against Southampton last month, saying that he was disgusted with the award of a second half penalty that more or less guaranteed Saints the points.
The Yeovil boss told the WDP that he had written to the Football Association following that match, but he is still waiting a reply from their Wembley headquarters:
"After the Southampton game, I have still not heard back from anyone from the FA on that second decision. But if we get a player sent off, he is banned within a week. Work that one out. I asked them for a clarification for what he thought and I have not got anything, so it shows you how good they are. They are quick enough to fine you and I will probably get into trouble for this. They are quick enough to get you up for that, but not when it is on the other foot and they have got to explain themselves to you. I am disappointed with that."
Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Views On The Brighton Game.
Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Brighton Game.
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