> 'Boro escaped by the skin of their teeth in this one, which easily could
> have gone to 'Boro in the first half (a dynamic, and skillful attacking
> one) or to the Reds in the second half (due to a controversial yellow
> card given the keeper, which frankly should have been red).
A few comments on the Boro Liverpool match (which I was at). I should
first of all admit to being a little bit of a Boro nut and thus am
probably NOT the most unbiased to write about this.
First half Boro were absolute magic. Roy Evans said he had never seen
Liverpool taken apart like they were in the first 20 minutes. Alan Hansen
(or was it Linekar?) said it could have been, and should have been I add,
an avalance to Boro in the first half. Roy Evans said it would have
needed an abacus to count the score had we had our shooting boots on!
Second half Liverpool pulled their socks up and battled hard but Boro
gave as good as they got until the last 10 minutes when Liverpool threw
some defenders up front and the Boro youngsters (there are many young
players in the team) paniced a bit and lost possession too easily!
As for the potential sending off of Walsh well it is a ***e to call.
Yes he handled the ball deliberatly outside of the box BUT this in itself
does not make it a sending off offence. It must also be a clear
goalscoring opportunity (normally refs take this as a situation where a
goal is very likly to be scored!). I myself am a ref and even I, after
watching several replays on TV, am not sure wether this is the case. TV
evidence shows that when he handled the shot there were, at least, 4 Boro
defenders between himself and the goal. It is likly that one of these
would have stopped the ball. Perhaps a more neutral ref who saw the match
on TV could give their interpretation of the incident!
Also on the subject of sendings off I feel there was another incident
which could (and should?) have resulted in the sending off of Phil Babb
for his foul on Juninho. At the time of the incident I felt that Babb was
the last man and thus bringing Juninho down was a proffessional foul and
thus a red card would be in order. Watching it on TV it is a little less
clear. There was a covering Liverpool defender (Ruddock) closing in but I
think, based on what I saw on TV, that Ruddock would have had no chance
of making it across to intercept Juninhos run and hence Babb was the last
man. Again perhaps it is my Boro loyalty blinding me - perhaps that
neutral ref could rule on this decision too.
It shows what a clean match it was when the only two cards issued were
both for potential proffessional fouls. It makes a change from seeing 7
or 8 yellows thrown around for innocuous tackles in most matches this season!
I thought the ref had a good game!
Overall Boro certainly deserved the points based on the whole match BUT
it must be said that the last 10 minutes were a bit hairy to say the least!