Alan Pardew was far from happy with referee Craig Pawson’s performance during last night’s 1-1 draw with Everton, suggesting that official had got two major decisions wrong in the second half.
VIDEO: The Palace boss was openly critical of referee Craig Pawson and his assistant in the aftermath of last night’s match. Not known for slating referees every week as a general rule, the gaffer does have a point here. He’ll probably get a fine, but we doubt he cares too much…
With the scores locked at 0-0, Mile Jedinak was hauled down in the penalty area by Everton midfielder Gareth Barry, only for both the referee and his assistant to miss the incident completely and award nothing in our favour.
Then, following Romelu Lukaku’s late equaliser, Palace substitute Jordon Mutch was brought down on the edge of the penalty area, only to see his protests over the obvious foul waved away by the incredulous Pawson. Replays showed that, whilst the initial contact from the defender did indeed take place outside of the penalty area before possibly continuing into the box, there was no contact on the ball whatsoever, leaving every neutral baffled as to why the assistant didn’t at least flag to signal an infringement.
Although Pardew and his players will be happy to have come away from Goodison Park with a point for their troubles, both decisions have understandably angered the Eagles boss, who was desperate to pick up three points in a bid to keep up their assault on the Premier League top six with the festive period now on the horizon.
It was a strange game, in the sense that we could easily won it or come away on the back of a real battering, but in reality, a point a piece was probably a fair reflection of the play. Not that it will stop the gaffer from voicing his discontent over the standard of the officiating.