Blues boss whistle happy over recent refs

Referee Darren Deadman has a word with Hermann Hreidarsson in the match against Swansea
Referee Darren Deadman has a word with Hermann Hreidarsson in the match against Swansea
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Pompey boss Steve Cotterill has heaped praise on the performances of the Blues’ past two referees.

Cotterill has moved to laud the displays of officials Darren Deadman and Carl Boyeson, who took charge of the recent draws with Swansea and Burnley respectively.

Cotterill has been outspoken about the decisions which have gone against his side as their unlikely play-off bid faltered.

He lambasted officials for poor games.

But he feels both Deadman and Boyeson are worthy of praise .

Cotterill said: ‘What hasn’t been talked about is the two excellent referees we’ve had of late.

‘For the first times recently, we’ve had two referees who have refereed the game fairly – Darren Deadman and Carl Boyeson.

‘We’ve had some poor refs. And that’s not just the words from me or this football club.

‘But we’ve had two good referees over the weekend.’

While Cotterill believes the past two officials warrant praise for their handling of his team’s matches, he is still irked by referees’ performances before that.

He is certain previous officials got big decisions wrong which hurt his team.

Cotterill said: ‘Things have contrived against us before the past two games.

‘At Reading, Rocha wasn’t a sending off. I’m not having that – and Ricardo’s foul was outside the box.

‘Then against Preston at home, a good goal was disallowed, so we’d have won that.

‘Then there is the Coventry debacle which I don’t even want to talk about.

‘And then we’ve gone to Cardiff and had a man sent off. Those four games are the ones that killed us, not the draws with Swansea and Burnley.’