Charlton boss reckons referee got big calls right in Portsmouth win

Lee Bowyer believes the referee got the big decisions right as he team triumphed at Pompey.

Tuesday, 11th December 2018, 11:27 pm
Updated Wednesday, 9th January 2019, 8:22 am
Ben Thompson was sent off against Charlton. Picture: Joe Pepler

Referee John Brooks faced flak from Blues fans over a number of calls as Charlton ended the eight-game winning run of Kenny Jackett's men with a 2-1 success.

The two goals conceded, appeals for handball and most clearly the decision to send off Ben Thompson in stoppage time were the main areas of focus.

But Bowyer felt Brooks got the key calls right.

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Ben Thompson was sent off against Charlton. Picture: Joe Pepler

He told Sky Sports: '˜There were a lot of penalty shouts.

'˜This is a tough place to come, they are so loud and they're maybe trying to push the referee into making decisions but he was very good.

'˜He stayed strong and booked one of theirs for diving, so he got the big decisions right from where I was standing.'

Bowyer had no doubt his team were good value for the victory in a first half in which they were much the better side.

The Londoners then stood strong as Pompey showed the form which Bowyer felt underlined why they are table toppers.

He added to '˜Fully deserved I think, as an overall performance.

'˜First-half we were the better side and dominated the ball. 

'˜We knew we couldn't come here and compete with them physically with them from the start. 

'You can tell that at the end. They're a strong physical side. They're good at what they do. You can see why they're top.

'˜Everyone put a shift in. It's so good for me.'