Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Warnock wonders whether his players are "too honest"

The BBC reports (www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/29891479) Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock as saying that his side is "too honest" and therefore not getting the decisions in their favour.

"I think we're too nice at the moment. We are too honest," he said.

It's certainly easy to sympathise that his team didn't get a penalty in the first few seconds of last night's 3-1 defeat by Sunderland. It was a clear penalty, but referee Phil Dowd ignored it. Whether that's because Fraizer Campbell didn't roll over a few times, I'm doubtful. It's more likely that Dowd didn't give it because it was too early in the game and he wasn't quite on the ball. Easier to give that decision after 30 minutes!

Whatever the reason, it is a shame that Warnock feels his players need to be less honest than they are the moment, but evidence is all around us. Players who are not entirely honest regularly reap the benefit of their actions.

It is a tough sport for referees to get their decisions right all the time, and none of us should blame them for getting decisions wrong from time to time.

We should blame all managers who have gone before Warnock and encouraged their players to be less honest - or as we should say, to cheat.

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