Date: 10th August 2008 at 8:19am
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We have a new winner as regards the worst referee to officiate at Valley Parade in recent times.

By the end of the game Darren Drysdale had alienated both sets of fans after a display of ineptitude that has left me scratching my head and wondering how the FA’s ‘RESPECT’ program can possibly stand a chance unless there is increased accountability from the referees.

On five occasions yesterday the Bantams were denied penalty kicks. One for handball, one for a pull back on Lee Bullock early in the game and three for fouls on Barry Conlon. Fouls in which Barry had his entire focus on the ball only for a Magpie to barge into him without getting anywhere near the ball, or looking like he wanted to.

For County’s part they may feel aggrieved that there was not a late penalty for them after it looked suspiciously like a hand was used by a Bantam player inside our box.

However, as they had had by far and away the benefits of the referee’s stupidity they can hardly leave West Yorkshire feeling hard done by.

Perhaps the clearest example of how strange the refereeing was going to be yesterday came after Paul Arnison found himself going into the book after failing to win a 50-50 challenge in the slippery wetness of the Sunwin-Kop corner. Moments later Lee Bullock was taken out by a Notts County player off the ball as play should have continued with the Bantams flowing forward. The result – a ticking off to both players and no card.

If anyone knows Darren Drysdale’s address I’d love to be able to send him a copy of the game’s rules!

What did you think about the referee yesterday? Either add your comments or come and share your views in the Vital Bradford forum. Or maybe go and ask County how they thought their twelfth man played yesterday…