Crewe Alex: Steve Davis laments ref justice
STEVE Davis wants the Football League to stop sending Crewe rookie referees after a hotly-disputed penalty helped Bournemouth to a 2-1 win at Gresty Road last night.
Richard Clark, a first-year official from Northumberland, awarded a spot-kick when Matt Ritchie went to ground with Kelvin Mellor and Mathias Pogba in close proximity.
Brett Pitman converted the second-half penalty to put the Cherries ahead.
And Clark's subsequent display did little to endear him to the Crewe dug-out.
"I spoke to the main assessor and they admit they send referees here for their baptism because we don't give many fouls away," said manager Davis.
"I would rather they didn't if they're going to perform like that, particularly for a game between two good competitive sides.
"After he gave the penalty he lost it, he actually lost it.
"He didn't know what decisions to make, he got confused, he wasn't listening to anything that was passed on from the sidelines by the other officials. The game was too much for him.
"The assessor will sit him down and go through it with him, but it's not going to make any difference to the result."
Pogba equalised for Crewe from close range before Pitman got his second to win it for the visitors late on.
Nevertheless, Davis was impressed with one of the best performances his side have produced since making it back into League One.
"The lads had their heads down after the match because we deserved at least a point; we've played Bournemouth twice and had three penalties given against us," said Davis.
"We kept probing, kept creating chances and just didn't have that luck. We've not played well in the past but got results. We played better this time, but weren't rewarded."