Referee Bratt spoiled the game, says angry Exiles boss

RED CARD: Adam Chapman is sent off by referee Steve Bratt last Saturday

RED CARD: Adam Chapman is sent off by referee Steve Bratt last Saturday

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NEWPORT County AFC manager Justin Edinburgh is hoping for a strong referee and better discipline from his side at Chesterfield on Saturday.

The Exiles boss is still angry at the performance of referee Steve Bratt in last Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat to Portsmouth.

Bratt awarded Pompey a contentious penalty before booking County striker Chris Zebroski for diving and sending off Adam Chapman and Darcy Blake.

That is the fifth time that the Walsall official has shown two red cards in a game and Edinburgh revealed that he has made a complaint to the authorities.

“We’ve put in a complaint against the referee. I think his performance was inept,” said the irate County manager.

“He was out of his depth and it was a poor performance. I think he got caught up with it being Portsmouth and it overawed him.

“I’ve seen the penalty from numerous angles and he doesn’t touch their player.

“That player should have been sent off anyway and we had two stonewall penalties in the second half; one for handball and one for a push on Lee Minshull.

“It was 50/50 for the one on Zebroski in the first half.

“The Chapman sending off was correct but the one with Darcy, why hasn’t he sent their player off minutes before?”

Edinburgh confirmed that Chapman has been disciplined for his red card, which will see him miss the next three games through suspension.

Blake is banned for the trip to Chesterfield only and he’ll be replaced by Ismail Yakubu. Striker Danny Crow is struggling with a back strain.

“It was an error from Adam and he knows that he let himself down and we’ve dealt with that matter,” said Edinburgh.

“He’s been fined and he accepts that it was a poor decision. I’ll never know why he did it and it cost us.

“Ismail Yakubu is a ready replacement for Darcy and with Adam being suspended for three games that opens up an opportunity for Max Porter, Ryan Burge, Tom Naylor and David Pipe to stake a claim for that position.

He added: “I think we need to be at our best to get anything out of the game on Saturday.

“We need to take the spirit and the workrate we showed against Portsmouth but we need to show more discipline.

“We’re going to one of the favourites to win the league so we need to be on top of our game but we can take a lot of belief from beating them at home in December. We know we’re capable of beating them.”

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5:19pm Thu 3 Apr 14

lowandhardandinthecorner says...

Agree about the referee , he was shocking but I don't think we've got an icicles chance in hell at Chesterfield
Agree about the referee , he was shocking but I don't think we've got an icicles chance in hell at Chesterfield lowandhardandinthecorner
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8:56pm Thu 3 Apr 14

b3talover says...

lowandhardandintheco
rner
wrote:
Agree about the referee , he was shocking but I don't think we've got an icicles chance in hell at Chesterfield
Cricket score IF we are lucky.
[quote][p][bold]lowandhardandintheco rner[/bold] wrote: Agree about the referee , he was shocking but I don't think we've got an icicles chance in hell at Chesterfield[/p][/quote]Cricket score IF we are lucky. b3talover
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9:34pm Thu 3 Apr 14

JimMachen says...

The referee's decision is final.

Why should a player not be sent off because a player for the opposition has got away with it?
The referee's decision is final. Why should a player not be sent off because a player for the opposition has got away with it? JimMachen
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9:50pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Rodneyboy says...

JimMachen wrote:
The referee's decision is final.

Why should a player not be sent off because a player for the opposition has got away with it?
Its called inconsistent and that's what makes a poor referee
[quote][p][bold]JimMachen[/bold] wrote: The referee's decision is final. Why should a player not be sent off because a player for the opposition has got away with it?[/p][/quote]Its called inconsistent and that's what makes a poor referee Rodneyboy
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9:55pm Thu 3 Apr 14

JimMachen says...

Rodneyboy wrote:
JimMachen wrote:
The referee's decision is final.

Why should a player not be sent off because a player for the opposition has got away with it?
Its called inconsistent and that's what makes a poor referee
See my first sentence.
[quote][p][bold]Rodneyboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JimMachen[/bold] wrote: The referee's decision is final. Why should a player not be sent off because a player for the opposition has got away with it?[/p][/quote]Its called inconsistent and that's what makes a poor referee[/p][/quote]See my first sentence. JimMachen
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9:56pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Harps62 says...

The ref was inconsistent but that didn't loose us the game.
Chapmans crazy tackle did that and the lack of someone tidy up front.
More excuses from JE again.
Glad the County have complained about the fella as he was hopeless but it will get ignored for sure.
The ref was inconsistent but that didn't loose us the game. Chapmans crazy tackle did that and the lack of someone tidy up front. More excuses from JE again. Glad the County have complained about the fella as he was hopeless but it will get ignored for sure. Harps62
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7:58am Fri 4 Apr 14

hazellboy says...

I was at the game and the ref was correct on both sendings off and the penalty, the defender that tried to shield the ball out was too far from the touchline for that, the ball should have been played out, first red card no need to comment on that ! and the second would have been a straight red if he hadn't already been booked, poor excuses from a manager who I am afraid is out of his depth
I was at the game and the ref was correct on both sendings off and the penalty, the defender that tried to shield the ball out was too far from the touchline for that, the ball should have been played out, first red card no need to comment on that ! and the second would have been a straight red if he hadn't already been booked, poor excuses from a manager who I am afraid is out of his depth hazellboy
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8:06pm Fri 4 Apr 14

richie55 says...

I recall the manager last season moaning about the standard of referees in the Conference.Now its footbal league referees. Perhaps its the standard of the manager and his team he should be looking at!
I recall the manager last season moaning about the standard of referees in the Conference.Now its footbal league referees. Perhaps its the standard of the manager and his team he should be looking at! richie55
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9:11am Sat 5 Apr 14

Brat1965 says...

Don't agree with Richie55. Newport County seem to be the whipping boys for all rubbish referees. And believe me, we get our fair share! Whilst JE has madesome 'howlers' this season, I think he is spot on with his assessment of Bratt. Bratt by name....
Don't agree with Richie55. Newport County seem to be the whipping boys for all rubbish referees. And believe me, we get our fair share! Whilst JE has madesome 'howlers' this season, I think he is spot on with his assessment of Bratt. Bratt by name.... Brat1965
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