Warnock: ‘It’s so disappointing for me’

Sun 24 January 2021 | 20:58

Neil Warnock believes the officials of their game against Blackburn ‘have been not good enough.’



Neil Warnock

was disappointed and furious with the officials of their game against



Joe Rothwell scored the only goal and let his side win 1-0 against Middlesbrough. However, the key moment of the game was in the 14th minute when

Dael Fry

jumped to win a header but was kicked in the head by

Jarrad Branthwaite

and referee

Dean Whitestone

failed to award either a penalty or issue the Blackburn defender with a red card.

Warnock said: “It’s the game-changing incident, isn’t it? After that, I wasn’t even bothered about the result, after I saw the mess his face is in.

“That’s not why we’re in the game, that. I don’t think the lad meant to do it, but they’ve just read me the rules out – endangering the safety of a player. Well, it can’t be any worse than that.

“He’s a millimeter away from having his eyeball taken out. We miss out in all ends – we don’t get a penalty, we don’t get a sending off and we have one of our best players carried off. It’s an absolute bloody joke and I’m absolutely distraught.

“They’ve got to clear the blood and everything away, but the doctor has just said he’s a millimeter from his eyeball being taken out.

“How can you not see it? I’ve looked at the pictures and the referee has nobody in his line – so what’s the reason why he’s not seen it? I don’t understand it. For me, that’s elementary. We deserve better. The linesman should see it as well.

“You just expect people to do their job, and they’re not doing their job. They’ll probably get another game next week and not worry about it. What’s it matter, Middlesbrough?

“It’s so disappointing for me when I look at the efforts the players have put in. I don’t think we’ve lost the game today, I just think the officials have been not good enough. I think we would have won the game if the officials had done their job.”

Warnock confronted Branthwaite after the game on the pitch and made Rovers boss

Tony Mowbray


Mowbray said: “I am not sure he should be facing an 18-year-old boy up who is just starting his career.

“I know the boy after working with him for 10 days. He’s just a shy boy on a journey who probably can’t believe he’s left Carlisle to go to Everton.

“He’s played four times in the Premier League and now he’s at Blackburn trying to learn his trade. He’s got no edges to him. He’s not angry.

“Neil will be really hurting I am pretty sure and that’s reflecting in his emotion and passion for his football club. That’s how I see it.”

source: SportMob

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