Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray has lambasted referee Darren Deadman’s performance after his side’s 2-1 defeat at Bolton, according to the Hartlepool
Kieron Dyer had brought Mowbray’s side back on level terms at the Reebok, following Chris Eagles’ opener for the Trotters. But the Marvin Sordell converted a contentious penalty after Boro captain Jonathon Woodgate was ruled by Deadman to have taken down Chung-yong Lee. And to add insult to injury Woodgate was then dismissed for a second yellow card for a professional foul on Sordell to leave the manager reeling.
“I thought we deserved more than that and we needed a better official to referee the game because there were some bewildering decisions out there,” Mowbray said.
“The penalty was one of them and the sending-off was certainly one of them. I thought we were the better team but the history books will show that we lost.”
“They won’t show that we conceded a lucky goal and then a penalty, which having seen half a dozen times was never a penalty kick, but that sums up the referee’s performance.”
Following a dramatic mid-season dip in form after the Smoggies’ high-flying start, the match at Bolton was the second of three crucial consecutive matches against fellow Championship play-off hopefuls to keep slim promotion hopes alive. But defeat means those hopes of a play-off berth are now mathematically over as they sit eight points adrift with only two games to go.
Mowbray’s men will host Charlton next weekend before finishing the season with a trip to Sheffield Wednesday.
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