AFC Bournemouth: Crowd key to controversial decision claims Arter

Bournemouth Echo: REF JUSTICE: AFC Bournemouth's Harry Arter REF JUSTICE: AFC Bournemouth's Harry Arter

IRATE Harry Arter felt referee Mark Heywood had allowed the Derby crowd to influence his judgement after Cherries’ contentious late setback on Saturday.

Arter joined the plethora of players who questioned the award of the free kick which Chris Martin rifled home to settle the verdict for the hosts at Pride Park.

And following the 1-0 reverse, the in-form Cherries midfielder felt an accumulation of pressure from the home crowd had ultimately swung key decisions in County’s favour.

Discussing the free kick which led to the goal, Arter told the Daily Echo: “It was clean tackle. There might have been a foul on the boy before Tommy’s challenge but he has clearly won the ball.

“With the momentum of the fans and the momentum of the player, it was a situation where everybody seemed to think it was a free kick but if it was at our ground with a stronger referee I don’t think it would have been given.

“I don’t want to be overly critical of match officials because we all know what a difficult job it is.

“But if I have a bad game or give away a goal, I would get punished by my manager. He (Heywood) has made a mistake and given them a goal. The decision has killed us and cost us a point.

“Throughout the game, I felt he was swayed by the home fans.

"If an official makes an honest mistake, that’s fine, you just want a strong official and I don’t think he was at all strong.

“I thought we had done enough to get a draw so it was really disappointing to come away with nothing.

“With four minutes to go we had a point and it took a really good free kick to beat us.”

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9:06am Mon 24 Feb 14

bobsworthforever says...

Lets not blame the ref we will probably get a decision our way against Donny on Saturday, a few more midfielders in the box occasionally would help. We cant go on blaming Rantie all the time
Lets not blame the ref we will probably get a decision our way against Donny on Saturday, a few more midfielders in the box occasionally would help. We cant go on blaming Rantie all the time bobsworthforever
  • Score: 10

9:21am Mon 24 Feb 14

susi.m says...

If it s true and the ref was too influenced by home crowd then he is therefore not good enough for this league and should only ref in L2 games where crowds are small usually.
We don't seem to even get many decisions go our way at home.
If it s true and the ref was too influenced by home crowd then he is therefore not good enough for this league and should only ref in L2 games where crowds are small usually. We don't seem to even get many decisions go our way at home. susi.m
  • Score: 7

1:51pm Mon 24 Feb 14

seuthsayer says...

...thereneeds to be some re-thinking regarding our attacking tactics...like getting more bodies into the penlty area when we are going forward and showing better anticiation to loose balls around the box...too many times our buld up is predictable and easy to defend against...I would like to see Kermorgant start on Saturday...even at the expense of Grabban?
...thereneeds to be some re-thinking regarding our attacking tactics...like getting more bodies into the penlty area when we are going forward and showing better anticiation to loose balls around the box...too many times our buld up is predictable and easy to defend against...I would like to see Kermorgant start on Saturday...even at the expense of Grabban? seuthsayer
  • Score: 4

10:47pm Mon 24 Feb 14

lionheart says...

seuthsayer wrote:
...thereneeds to be some re-thinking regarding our attacking tactics...like getting more bodies into the penlty area when we are going forward and showing better anticiation to loose balls around the box...too many times our buld up is predictable and easy to defend against...I would like to see Kermorgant start on Saturday...even at the expense of Grabban?
That's a bit of a conundrum as if we had played more forward, especially in the second half with Derby's attacking substitutions then we would have probably conceded earlier.

The answer would have been to have been more clinical with our chances.

The referee was overawed by such a large crowd. Shockingly indecisive all afternoon and then when he was decisive he got it wrong. Back to 1500 in Div 2.
[quote][p][bold]seuthsayer[/bold] wrote: ...thereneeds to be some re-thinking regarding our attacking tactics...like getting more bodies into the penlty area when we are going forward and showing better anticiation to loose balls around the box...too many times our buld up is predictable and easy to defend against...I would like to see Kermorgant start on Saturday...even at the expense of Grabban?[/p][/quote]That's a bit of a conundrum as if we had played more forward, especially in the second half with Derby's attacking substitutions then we would have probably conceded earlier. The answer would have been to have been more clinical with our chances. The referee was overawed by such a large crowd. Shockingly indecisive all afternoon and then when he was decisive he got it wrong. Back to 1500 in Div 2. lionheart
  • Score: 0

8:06am Tue 25 Feb 14

kangman2012 says...

seuthsayer wrote:
...thereneeds to be some re-thinking regarding our attacking tactics...like getting more bodies into the penlty area when we are going forward and showing better anticiation to loose balls around the box...too many times our buld up is predictable and easy to defend against...I would like to see Kermorgant start on Saturday...even at the expense of Grabban?
Why not start Kemorgant AND Grabban together. If it's not working then bring TK on for Grabban. Give Yann a full game and try to vary our attacking options with the midfield pushing up when we attack. It just means that the players will have to run around a bit more, that's all - UTC!
[quote][p][bold]seuthsayer[/bold] wrote: ...thereneeds to be some re-thinking regarding our attacking tactics...like getting more bodies into the penlty area when we are going forward and showing better anticiation to loose balls around the box...too many times our buld up is predictable and easy to defend against...I would like to see Kermorgant start on Saturday...even at the expense of Grabban?[/p][/quote]Why not start Kemorgant AND Grabban together. If it's not working then bring TK on for Grabban. Give Yann a full game and try to vary our attacking options with the midfield pushing up when we attack. It just means that the players will have to run around a bit more, that's all - UTC! kangman2012
  • Score: 2

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