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Watford boss slams Deadman walking

Oh, reffing hell! Cambridgeshire official Darren Deadman took the brunt of Malky Mackay`s fury last night as the Hornets gaffer was back - once again - left ranting at "unacceptable" refereeing following the 2-1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.

The Watford boss, who has urged fans to "please keep the faith", is himself beginning to lose more and more patience with the men in black with lady luck clearly not wanting to play any part in the Hornets bid to beat the drop.

After slamming the officials in games against Forest, Swansea, Scunthorpe and Derby, Mackay had every right to be incensed after Deadman managed to turn a deserved draw into an undeserved defeat...

...only for the ref to admit himself he got to wrong!

Claims for a 'rock solid penalty` with 10 minutes to go - following a blatant spot of basketball in the area by a Wednesday defender stopped Demerits ball in from causing havoc - were WRONGLY turned away.

And Wednesday completed their unlikely smash and grab` job whilst Cleverley was off the pitch being treated for 'a nasty challenge` by Darren Potter that again went unpunished by the inept Deadman.

Mackay, who is fast becoming the new Warnock for his ref ranting, stated "We`ve had some real strange decisions this year but I look at the 2 late on and I cannot believe it…How the referee missed the knee in the back of Tom I will never know".

After feeling his side were "in control of the game", Malky added "…the players reaction shows it was a blatant penalty…[I have seen it in the DVD and it is blatant] - For the referee not to give it is unacceptable"

And to make matters worse. Ref Deadman, even had the front to apologise to the Hornets coaching staff for getting his decisions wrong.

Clearly left with a rather nasty taste in his mouth (sour grapes perhaps?), Malky confirmed "The referee apologised at the end of the game for missing the foul - it is a hard one to take. When I get an apology from the referee saying 'Sorry, I missed it` it is unacceptable".

(but, here at VitalWatford Tower's, we're not sure if that's aimed at our performance, our 1 shot at goal or the ref)

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Writer: Dr Watford Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday March 25 2010

Time: 9:26AM

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like the definate penalty wednesday should have had at vicarage road when it was 0=0
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25/03/2010 10:48:00

It was a clear foul you Sheffield clod! You were outclassed at the vic and second best last night. We were ordinary and you were clearly frightened to play for the whole of the first half.
Dirk Thrust
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25/03/2010 18:02:00

took your time . still lost . how does it go HANDBALL HANDBALL HANDBALL . you still lost we are crap but won and above you
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25/03/2010 20:36:00

Jesus! You are a far bigger club but for OVER 30 YEARS you have been less successful than us mostly. We will finish above you ( as usual) both this season and next.
Dirk Thrust
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26/03/2010 09:23:00

agree with you , as i said we are crap. just pointing out mackay didnt moan earlier in the season. we have had some real crap desicions but the truth is our players have not been good enough
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26/03/2010 09:56:00


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