Saturday, 23 April 2011

Pirates Gifted A Point.

Bristol Rovers 2 - Charlton Athletic 2.

When Chris Powell returned to the Valley, 100 days ago, he must have thought he was the luckiest man in the world.

The team didn't play particularly well yet they managed to win his first 4 games in charge.
The 'luck' was with CP.

Since then, Chris has found out what it's like when the luck doesn't run for you.

The story of today is typical of what happens when things aren't going your way.

2- 0 up, away from home, sounds like a position to build on.
It's the position managers dream of being in.
Cruising and in control of the game.

Paul Benson and Kyel Reid had got Charlton into the good position but unfortunately,  Semedo and Reid managed to wreck it by being sent off!

Reid couldn't really complain but our Portugeezer can consider himself rather hard done by.
Indications were that the Rovers player manager used all of his cunning to get Jose a red.

Bristol Rovers. I hope they get relegated.

So, down to 9 men.
Hmmm. How unlucky.

The referee may have got it right with the double yellow cards, adding up to the reds but he most certainly wasn't consistent.
 He chose to completely miss similar offences by the Pirates.

Down to 9 men, it was only a matter of time before Bristol Rovers came back into the game. Wayne Brown got the home supporters believing to make the score 2-1.

The real robbery occurred in the 84th minute when Williams controlled the ball with his arm and lashed the ball home.
Unbelievably, the referee saw nothing wrong with it.

Chris Powell was so annoyed he ended up being sent to the stands.

With our team only playing for pride it really doesn't make a lot of difference if we won a single point or grabbed the deserved 3.
However, supporters of Dagenham and Walsall will most certainly be annoyed at the referee gifting Rovers the point.

It could be very, very important to them.

1 comment:

Sciurus Carolinensis Nemesis said...

For the third time this season match officials have directly corrupted the outcome of a match to the detriment of Charlton, this time with the cynical influence of Bristol Rovers player manager and his play acting. R Lewis has no excuse for not dealing with the handball that led to Rovers's 2nd goal. Kyel Reid shares some of the responsibility, his dangerous lunge, moments after being booked the first time was idiotic at best and should draw a line under his prospects of a contract offer (if indeed any doubt remained).
It's a footbal cliché but teams make their own luck and that's usually bad luck when the recent run has been as witless and inept as have the last 3 months.
With Semedo's wrongly enforced absense what odds the return to the side of the credulous McCormack? On that note Happy Easter...