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Notts County: Hill’s Post Match Reaction

22 December 2014

Manager Keith Hill spoke to Dale Player after Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Notts County.


Dale were denied all three points late in the game following a controversial decision to award the visitors a last gasp goal, despite two offsides and a foul in the lead up to the ball hitting the back of the net.

Hill said: “The players have done their jobs. We all expect the officials to do their jobs and they haven’t. It’s as clear as day that there are two players offside and for whatever reason they haven’t given offside.

The linesman was suggesting that even though there were two players offside there was a suggestion that it came off our player. Those players were offside when the ball came into the box.

“Our players have done their jobs – there’s no more than they can do. It’s not our fault today that we lost that game. It’s not my fault, it’s not the players’ fault, it’s not the supporters’ fault, it’s not the Chief Exec’s fault and it’s not the Directors’ fault. We can only do what we’ve done today and expect to be supported by good officials and officials who do their job appropriately. Unfortunately it’s happening far too many times that we are falling foul of bad decisions from officials.

“Not only do they get that wrong, they play one minute 20 seconds more. The fourth official indicates and tells the referee who’s in the field of play that he’s already played a minute overtime before the goal was even played, so where he gets the extra minute twenty from I have no idea. It’s unfortunate that the decisions of the referees today have hindered our progress in a really, really tight league.

“It was a superb second half performance from the players but I expect more from that referee. I think he should be disappointed if he assesses his own performance today, but also the linesmen. It’s a bad day at the office from the officials.”

The full interview is available on Dale Player.

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