AFC Boss Explains Why Managers Are ‘Really Frustrated’ With ‘Standard Of Officiating

Barrow AFC boss Pete Wild discusses current ‘standard of officiating’
BARROW AFC manager Pete Wild has spoken about the current ‘standard of officiating’ after his side were defeated 1-0 by Mansfield Town.

A single second-half strike from Ollie Clarke handed Nigel Clough’s Stags all three points at the One Call Stadium minutes before Bluebirds left-back Junior Tiensia would be shown a straight red card for a lunging challenge.

Prior to Mansfield’s eventual winner, Barrow were denied a first-half penalty appeal and saw one of Clough’s Stags escape punishment for a loose tackle.

Speaking after this game and ahead of his side’s clash with Doncaster Rovers, Wild discussed the frustration managers feel when key decisions are misjudged and confirmed that he had been told by an official that Mansfield should have gone down to ten earlier in the fixture.

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He said: “Every week we seem to have a key decision as does every other club by the way so I am not just saying it is a target on Barrow. I think that is where managers are really frustrated with the standard of officiating and the key decisions that don’t go your way.

“You work all week; you work ever so hard to get into a position and all you expect on a Saturday is that the key decisions will be judged.”

Wild also explained how while refereeing mistakes are inevitable, these mistakes if left unchecked can affect a side’s season.

He said: “Don’t get me wrong they will miss things, they are humans and they will miss things but what frustrates managers is that it happens week in and week out and there is no humility when you go and ask them. There is no humility to say ‘yeah I got it wrong Pete I’m sorry’ and I think that is what frustrates managers up and down the county.

“It is such an emotive game and there is so much pressure that if those decisions don’t go your way across a period of time that could ultimately mean that you don’t get where you want to be at the end of the season.”

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