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'Shambolic ref' gets Watford praise

The official Burnley website may well have considered it a "shambolic performance" by match ref Dean Whitestone but Watford boss Aidy Boothroyd has nothing but praise for the Northampton official!

The Clarets were incensed by a handful of Whitestone`s decisions during the tough fought 2-2 draw at Turf Moor and insisted in their online match report that he "completely lost of control of proceedings" but that`s not the Watford view.

Far from it in fact as Hornets gaffer Aidy Boothroyd heaped praise on the performance of the inexperienced Whitestone stating "It`s only his sixth game [in the Championship], but I thought he [Whitestone] was great today and did very well. I`m the first one to bang on the door and tell them when they get it wrong but I thought he did okay..."

Whitestone kept up his impressive card waving antics in booking 4 - of which 3 were Burnley players - and that in turn showed the ref marshaled the game well and kept things tight and tidy…according to the Watford boss anyway!

Boothroyd added "I think we saw passion, 2 teams, 2 managers and 2 staffs that want to win. Sometimes it boils over but I have to say that I thought the ref dealt with it very very well… It could have spilled over but it didn`t".




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Writer: Dr Watford Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday March 2 2008

Time: 1:33PM

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The ref was crap,simple as!! Worst we have seen at Turf Moor this season, and believe me we have seen some shockers. Not a clue and he lost control completely, mind you he did have even better plonkers running the line.
turfmanphil
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02/03/2008 15:58:00

like their old chairman,all the staff of watford on sat at turf moor were bent as ****..... their subs giving the linesman grief & mckay the same with the 4th official all afternoon.. but the lowest ive ever heard at a football match was when mckay pulled kabba to one side just before putting him on in the 2nd half & told him to dive at any opportunity he had!!!!!!!! bothroyd mentioned in his after match report that the inexperienced ref had a good game....... well he & his staff made sure he had a top game from the watford point of view... here's hoping they don't grace the prem next season,ive only watched ninety mins of watford this season & my neck couldn't take anymore..... terrible football to watch & antics to hear & see!!!!!! PREMIER LEAGUE YOUR HAVING A LAUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
claret4life
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02/03/2008 20:14:00

Aidy has this thing that he called 'managing the game'...Players running out to the far corners and far touchline just before the they are subbed, centre back taking throw-ins in the oppositions half. It does get tedious but if we win ugly and get up then who cares.
DrWatford
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03/03/2008 09:04:00

 

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