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Poor decisions turned the game

Billy Barr was fuming and baffled by some of the refereeing calls after defeat to Wolves at Leyland

24 August 2019

Rafa Nya was already booked before a late lunge on an opponent early in the second half, and Billy Barr was left bemused as to just how the French youngster remained on the pitch.

That was one of a number of questionable decisions on the night as nine-man Rovers suffered a late defeat to Wolves at Leyland.

Harry Chapman levelled the scores after Wolves broke the deadlock just after half time.

That was before both Matty Platt and Charley Doyle both went for early baths in a fiery encouner at the Lancashire FA HQ, with Barr believing that the official 'ruined' the Premier League 2 clash.

“I find it hard not to start discussing the referee, because his decisions changed the flow of the game off the decision that he doesn't make," the newly appointed Under-23s boss reflected.

I don't condone what Matty Platt's done and I don't condone what Charley's done in knocking the ball out of an opponent's hand when he's on a yellow card.

“But the referee has ruined things for me because he should have handed their lad a second yellow. So much so that Wolves have had to make a substitution and take him off just moments after the incident.

“After going down to 10 men and then nine men, I thought the lads were absolutely terrific, the work rate was fantastic.

“Even with the winning goal, the lad has dived in the box, and I'm fuming to be honest. The night has left me raging.

“We need to better at points when it's 11v 11. We spoke at half time about us being too slow at the back and it was a stalemate to be honest, before the sending off.

“I'm gutted for the lads. We put Luke [Brennan] on and then had to take him off due to everything that went on."

It was all hands on deck as Rovers were forced to attempt to see out the final 23 minutes of the game with a two-man disadvantage.

And although Taylor Perry's late 90th minute strike broke Rovers hearts, Barr was proud of you young group.

“We had five centre halves on in the end, and to be done so late, before showing that courage to try and do something after it in the last five minutes of injury time, full credit to our boys," he added.

“The performance at times was good, but we know we have to be better.”


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