Date: 23rd March 2009 at 9:52am
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Cardiff City were made to pay yesterday by a Sheffield United side who barely needed to reach second gear. The match was decided as a contest early on when a Blades long ball caught out the City defence, Henderson`s touch was excellent but his momentum saw him over-run the ball slightly and the covering Gyepes nicked the ball away – however referee Mr Taylor ( a full 40-50 yards away from play) needed no consultation with his linesman to award a penalty and send off the Hungarian – a truly terrible decision.

One nil down and with a man deficit Cardiff City were bound to struggle but minutes later, Ross McCormack was given another straight red card, this time for an apparent use of the elbow. I had a much worse view of this incident, but I certainly didn`t expect a red card. Apparently replays suggest this too was a terrible decision.

The rest of the game was a bit of a farce, Sheffield United were playing a training game, we were already beaten. The opening minutes of the second half saw a disappointing goal conceded, headed in at the near post from a corner. Ledley had a stunning shot fly just over from 35 yards while Gavin Rae`s header was cleared off the lines. The Blades were not immune from Taylor`s ineptitude and picked up a couple of ridiculous booking themselves as the ref lost his head. On one such occasion, Ledley skipped away from two challenges but lost control and fell over a standing leg, the referee was there in a flash showing a yellow card for a foul that never was. He was just guessing. On another pitiful occasion, a diagonal ball to Comminges was cut out by a defender, linesman gave a throw only for Mr Referee to overturn to the shock of 18000 fans, Comminges and the Sheffield defender. Simply farcical.

The killer blow came late on when a flowing move in acres of space saw the little ginger fella Stephen Quinn finish neatly in the corner – he looked simply delighted with himself but it couldn`t have been easier, not the 3 efforts he screwed over the bar!

All in all, a horrible horrible game – you can`t deny Sheffield the three points, but also Cardiff City`s effort was superb. There was only one villain, and I`ve never seen such an awful performance from an official. This was the Taylor show, but if there was a reviewer present from the F.A. he ought to be extremely nervous about his future.


2 Replies to “Cardiff City Made To Pay By Ref & Blades”

  • A very good summary of a misersble afternoon – let’s hope the Wales FA take the same view of video evidence when we appeal these two incredible decisions and don’t think they have to support the ref. no matter what ..

  • Saw the result and thought ‘what a disaster’, but on reading the report it wasn’t as bad as first seems. To have only nine men on the field is bloody hard work.

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