Bournemouth EchoAFC Bournemouth: No complaints with officials over first goal says Blues boss Clark (From Bournemouth Echo)

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AFC Bournemouth: No complaints with officials over first goal says Birmingham City boss Lee Clark

Bournemouth Echo: BIRMINGHAM BOSS: Lee Clark BIRMINGHAM BOSS: Lee Clark

BIRMINGHAM boss Lee Clark believed a “ridiculous” first goal had been the catalyst for his team's defeat by Cherries - but resisted the temptation to blame referee Mick Russell.

Cherries took the lead when Matt Ritchie netted in the 13th minute, the winger making the most of his marker Jordon Ibe being off the pitch replacing a split boot.

And while the St Andrew's faithful were unhappy referee Russell had not allowed Ibe to return to the action sooner, the official had correctly applied the letter of the law, a point not lost on Clark.

Clark said: “I could not comprehend the reasons or what I was seeing. I was in the stand at the time, watching it like everyone else.

“I tried to get explanations off people and one was telling me the referee had sent him off and another was telling me he wanted to come off because his boot had split. I couldn't believe how long it took to get the lad back on.

“I am not blaming the officials because, apparently, the laws of the game state that if it is equipment, the game has to stop before he comes back on.

“Now, what I need to ask is should my player have come off? Once he did, should we not have been quicker in getting a replacement boot to him?

“The fourth official said there needed to be a break in play. What I would have thought was to get on with the game, get information to the kitman that your boot is not really good and then quickly get it done.

“That goal sent us tumbling and knocked the group for six.”

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6:47am Mon 31 Mar 14

nonnogeppetto says...

A rare occasion when a manager blames his backroom staff and not the officials for an incident such as being reported here. I have to say that I didn't know that the player cannot come back on as in the case of an injury. Just goes to show how much I know about football maybe my friend smhinto was right after all!!!!

Whatever the case we won and got the three points and consolidated our position in the league. Maybe few of QPR's players' boots are getting a bit old after all it is almost a year since they played in the Premiership and boots don't last very long these days!!! Up the mighty Cherries
A rare occasion when a manager blames his backroom staff and not the officials for an incident such as being reported here. I have to say that I didn't know that the player cannot come back on as in the case of an injury. Just goes to show how much I know about football maybe my friend smhinto was right after all!!!! Whatever the case we won and got the three points and consolidated our position in the league. Maybe few of QPR's players' boots are getting a bit old after all it is almost a year since they played in the Premiership and boots don't last very long these days!!! Up the mighty Cherries nonnogeppetto
  • Score: 2

6:59am Mon 31 Mar 14

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

nonnogeppetto wrote:
A rare occasion when a manager blames his backroom staff and not the officials for an incident such as being reported here. I have to say that I didn't know that the player cannot come back on as in the case of an injury. Just goes to show how much I know about football maybe my friend smhinto was right after all!!!!

Whatever the case we won and got the three points and consolidated our position in the league. Maybe few of QPR's players' boots are getting a bit old after all it is almost a year since they played in the Premiership and boots don't last very long these days!!! Up the mighty Cherries
Times are hard at Q.P.R so the players probably only have one pair of boots each. Have to borrow the subs boots. Oh the shame of it.
I do like Lee Clark's refreshing honesty.!!!
[quote][p][bold]nonnogeppetto[/bold] wrote: A rare occasion when a manager blames his backroom staff and not the officials for an incident such as being reported here. I have to say that I didn't know that the player cannot come back on as in the case of an injury. Just goes to show how much I know about football maybe my friend smhinto was right after all!!!! Whatever the case we won and got the three points and consolidated our position in the league. Maybe few of QPR's players' boots are getting a bit old after all it is almost a year since they played in the Premiership and boots don't last very long these days!!! Up the mighty Cherries[/p][/quote]Times are hard at Q.P.R so the players probably only have one pair of boots each. Have to borrow the subs boots. Oh the shame of it. I do like Lee Clark's refreshing honesty.!!! STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
  • Score: 6

7:58am Mon 31 Mar 14

djd says...

Lee Clarke got as close as he dare in blaming the match officials.
It's down to his staff and he needs to read up on the rules instead of trying to apportion blame on the officials who are only keeping within the rules.
Perhaps he will admit that his team were beaten by a better playing and more disciplined team than the bunch of hooligans he brought down to Bournemouth previously.
Lee Clarke got as close as he dare in blaming the match officials. It's down to his staff and he needs to read up on the rules instead of trying to apportion blame on the officials who are only keeping within the rules. Perhaps he will admit that his team were beaten by a better playing and more disciplined team than the bunch of hooligans he brought down to Bournemouth previously. djd
  • Score: -3

8:08am Mon 31 Mar 14

Solentcherry says...

Move along please, nothing to see here.
You lost at home again Lee, get on with it.
Move along please, nothing to see here. You lost at home again Lee, get on with it. Solentcherry
  • Score: 4

9:17am Mon 31 Mar 14

contric says...

djd there are no rules in football only laws in football
djd there are no rules in football only laws in football contric
  • Score: 0

9:17am Mon 31 Mar 14

contric says...

djd there are no rules in football only laws in football
djd there are no rules in football only laws in football contric
  • Score: 1

10:46am Mon 31 Mar 14

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

I take it Clark didn't "get sacked in the morning" as was being predicted by the travelling hoards on saturday. All good fun ◀:-)
I take it Clark didn't "get sacked in the morning" as was being predicted by the travelling hoards on saturday. All good fun ◀:-) STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
  • Score: 0

11:03am Mon 31 Mar 14

Afcb-AJ says...

Lee Clarke politely declined to say how deep inside the kit man's A R S E the boot is currently and said he may need a scan on it in the next week or two but will be un able to sit down for the next week or two.
Lee Clarke politely declined to say how deep inside the kit man's A R S E the boot is currently and said he may need a scan on it in the next week or two but will be un able to sit down for the next week or two. Afcb-AJ
  • Score: 4

2:52pm Mon 31 Mar 14

greenshoes says...

No Complaints says Blue's Boss,......... why mention it then Mr Clark.!
No Complaints says Blue's Boss,......... why mention it then Mr Clark.! greenshoes
  • Score: 1

3:35pm Mon 31 Mar 14

canfordcherry says...

Why their player left the field for a boot when he could have replaced it by having one thrown to him from the touch line baffles me. I'm sure I've seen Matt Ritchie change a boot on pitch in this manner at Dean Court.
Why their player left the field for a boot when he could have replaced it by having one thrown to him from the touch line baffles me. I'm sure I've seen Matt Ritchie change a boot on pitch in this manner at Dean Court. canfordcherry
  • Score: 1

4:44pm Mon 31 Mar 14

coops1965cherry says...

Ordinarily I have got a lot of time for Lee Clarke because I just respect him as a manager and like the way he runs a team of footballers.

He is passionate and normally honest and forthright, however on this occasion I feel he is starting to feel the pressure and reacted as a human being when he is under pressure ! He was looking for an escape rout and a way of trying to cover some of the mistakes that were made.
I am a bit disappointed in him to be honest but it just goes to show that nobody is beyond reproach and nobody is flawless, especially when their back is against the wall.

U T C I A D.
Ordinarily I have got a lot of time for Lee Clarke because I just respect him as a manager and like the way he runs a team of footballers. He is passionate and normally honest and forthright, however on this occasion I feel he is starting to feel the pressure and reacted as a human being when he is under pressure ! He was looking for an escape rout and a way of trying to cover some of the mistakes that were made. I am a bit disappointed in him to be honest but it just goes to show that nobody is beyond reproach and nobody is flawless, especially when their back is against the wall. U T C I A D. coops1965cherry
  • Score: 0

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