Video: Carlton Cole scores a wonder goal, gets sent off
Crap ref Stuart Attwell strikes again
[Cole's goal at 2.05, his sending off at 3.10]
Wigan 0/ West Ham 1
West Ham came away from a gritty bout at the JJB with a hard-earned three points last night, but suffered at the hands of more controversial refereeing from Stuart Attwell.
Carlton Cole scored a fantastic goal in the 34th minute, but was dismissed three minutes later when he was given a second yellow for a fairly innocuous challenge. Even Steve Bruce admitted that it wasn’t a sending off, and that Attwell’s approach did nothing to quell the ill-tempered match:
“It wasn’t a sending-off, for goodness sake. There was nothing in it, and the referee needed to show some common sense.
“But I’m afraid Mr Attwell, in my opinion, is not quite ready. And the undercurrent all stemmed from that sending-off.”
26-year-old Attwell is the youngest ever Premier League ref, and was controversially promoted to the top flight this season after just one term in the Football League.
Since then, he has awarded Reading a ‘phantom’ goal, and completely lost control of November’s East Midlands derby (he booked eight, sent one off and disallowed two legitimate-looking goals). Despite these errors, the rookie always seems to find his way back onto the Premier League fixture list. Perhaps its time for Keith Hackett to give the youngster an extended sojourn in the lower leagues?