Date: 4th September 2008 at 11:09am
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That’s the resounding verdict on Tuesday night’s inept referees not just from both sets of fans, not just from Leeds United’s manager but also from the Ginger Messiah himself.

The penalty was harsh.

The disallowed goal should have stood.

That’s what we all thought when we left Elland Road and then to add insult to injury Leeds fans agreed with us and then Gary MacAllister said ‘I’ve no idea (why it was disallowed)’.

And now the Ginger Messiah has broken his silence. He stayed up until 2.30am after Tuesday night’s heroics watching the replay of the game and where once he was proud his emotions have now been joined by frustration and disappointment towards the match officials.

Speaking to the Telegraph & Argus he said ‘I came away from the game proud of my players – now I’m just numb, gutted and angry at the officials.

Their penalty was an abysmal decision. The ball doesn’t even hit Macca’s hand, it hits his chest from half a yard away.

And it gets worse because our disallowed goal is 100 per cent onside. It’s not even a doubt, which is why I’m so angry about it.

I’m not crying over spilt milk but we’ve lost the game on two wrong decisions.’

So, replays suggest that the ball didn’t hit McLaren (I thought it had but that there was nothing he could have done about it) whilst Omar Daley was flagged for offisde. We had thought that it was he who had finished off Colbeck’s blocked shot but replays clearly show the ball hitting Neil Kilkenny and then rebounding into the net off the home keeper. Awful.

Leeds played well and were worthy of their victory however we were more than a match for them and to have lost such a pulsating encounter because the referee is an unmentionable must cut the management and team to the core.

Saturday’s game is a difficult challenge as Port Vale are a good team. Having demonstrated great heart and ability at Elland Road there is no question that the frustration currently being felt around Valley Parade will be channelled into continuing our assault on League Two in preparation of setting the record straight at Elland Road next season.

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