Writer: Gary Johnson
Date:Sunday September 26 2010
It is sad to ruin a great performance from Sunderland, but as English football refereeing standards slip, we will focus the entire game around the worst referee I have seen in my lifetime.
Within the opening four minutes of the game, I commented to another fan how Attwell had already got 6 out of 8 decisions wrong already! The game felt as though it was actually a joke with some decisions and he was trying to outdo his last mistake with each choice he made.
How on Earth a man who was not even looking, then allows the free kick to stand, puts the whistle to his mouth on several occasions whilst Torres races forward allows that goal is beyond me. I honestly thought he was doing it for a laugh until I realised Kuyt was celebrating and the Sunderland players swarmed the clown in the black shirt. He then decides to make more of a show by running over to the linesman only to confirm it was a perfectly legal goal. Why is this man allowed to be employed? He has cost me £39 to ruin a potentially amazing result and he will be working again next week doing the same thing for another unlucky set of fans.
Anyone who misses a goal hitting the back of the net and plays on should not be in the middle of a game in the top flight. If I were to make a list of decisions he got wrong I would need another 4 templates for this site as I lost count at about 65 minutes of play.
The major incidents that could have changed the game went un-noticed, unsurprisingly, and helped Liverpool avoid another home defeat. Steven Gerrard was only cautioned after he basically assaulted Elmohammady with his shoulder. If I left the ground and done the same offence on the streets of Liverpool I would be writing this from a jail cell. How can he award a free kick against Gerrard and then only book him?
Attwell, also missed a penalty claim from Welbeck and awarded a goal kick. If Welbeck dove why was he not booked for simulation?
And then the icing on a horrible cake from this clown was when the linesman awarded offside against Liverpool but only for Attwell to allow play to continue for their advantage!
I was even surprised to see us awarded a penalty because it clearly hit his hand but in Attwell's world that is probably classed as a clearing header!
Liverpool were lucky to get a point yesterday as Sunderland completely outclassed them all over the pitch. The football we played was brilliant to watch and the 2nd goal from Bent was sheer quality.
Sunderland will feel hard done by to only get a point after that display but can head into next weeks game with belief and a nice run of 4 unbeaten in the league.
Titus Bramble was immense all game and respected the Sunderland fans support at the end by applauding them, which was a nice touch after a difficult week. Michael Turner, who returned from injury, was also a rock at the back and we can build this partnership as the season continues.
Steed Malbranque was quite simply sublime and in this form he is looking to have a two way battle with Bent for player of the season already!
Date:Sunday September 26 2010
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