Grudges instead of romance was the main theme of this FA Cup tie. And in the center of everything, was the referee Mike Jones, who departed the stadium of atmospheric Mestalla of the Crawley townwith both sets of fans jeers ringing in his ears.
The two managers were also vocal in their criticism, but having survived 73 minutes with only 10 men, the conclusion was that Stoke City eventually deserve their victory and a quarter-final trip to Liverpool. Prior to that, also face the challenge of the second stage of the Europa League in the Mestalla Stadium in Valencia 75,000 tie squares.
A dispute of Jon Walters penalty and then a goal from Peter Crouch’s head was finally enough to finish the adventure of FA Cup Crawley edifying in the fifth stage of the round for a second consecutive season.
Main flashpoint of the Party took place on the 16 minute when Rory Delap was dismissed for a challenge on David Hunt. The tackle was certainly high and dangerous, with Steve Evans, the administrator of Crawley, jumping from banking and invade even on the Court to make his complaint.
Jones initially seemed to accept that Delap had made contact with the ball and marked for a throw-in. The fourth official, Lee Probert, however, was a few meters from the incident and seemed that his intervention was decisive in the awarding of a red card directly. Fairly predictable, the complaint for Pulis focused on the alleged inconsistency arbitration rather than if Probert was really justified in deeming that Delap challenge was excessive.
“Arbitrators and professionals are far apart at times in what they regard as fair challenges and the reckless,” said Pulis.
“We have had a fourth officer who has expelled Delap.” “But Probert has refereed a game, Liverpool v Newcastle and not yet booked a player for what was the worst challenge in the Premier League this year”.
Pulis, who referred to the challenge by Yohan Cabaye on Jay Spearing, believed to now be a meeting between executives and referees to clarify the rules on the fight.
“I am not here to referees in sacrifice but we have to find a way of bringing together and working together”, said Pulis. “There one comparison greater than the challenge of Spearing Cabaye and one by Rory.”
Pulis also intends to speak today with Chief Mike Riley arbitrators before deciding whether to file an appeal on an incident that is likely to let Delap banned for the next three games.
Evans studied repetitions of the party before delivering its assessment and, in the Delap sending-off, simply pointed out the wound four inches on the inside of the ankle of Hunt.
“In today’s game, the shipment is correct,” said Evans. “Two years, 18 months ago, perhaps not but they have changed the directives.” “I do not think means Delap to deal with that but the reality is that if it shows their nails and you’re off the ground, it is in trouble.”
Evans also denied reports of a confrontation of tunnel half time with Ryan Shawcross and the suggestion that his touchline actions had led to the red card from the Delap. “Shawcross is approximately 6 feet separation,” said Evans. “He only tried to pass away from me.” Stoke have behaved impeccably. “
The great irony was that, until the dismissal of the Delap, Crawley had really dominated the game and gone in centimetres of the head. A corner of Hunt had completely been misjudged by Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic but was gun leg of Crouch and the crossbar.
The numerical disadvantage, however, seems to concentrate the minds of the Stoke and its increasing pressure resulted in a penalty shortly before half-time when Shawcross fell in a challenge of Kyle McFadzean. Walters finish was emphatic, with certain Evans Jones had made a fundamental mistake. “There is no contact,” he said.
Evans also considered that their striker, Tyronne Barnett, should have received two penalties in the second half. There could be no complaints, however, about the second Stoke. Walters, once more, he was involved, floating a precise free kick in the area of Crawley penalty was brilliantly directed through goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin and into the goal.
With the benefit of a cushion of two goals, Stoke were then largely content to sit and contain Crawley, Shawcross and Matthew Upson slopes in front of a late manifestation. Dean Howell and Sanchez Watt both forced saves from Begovic with Shawcross also making a removal of the finish line in injury time to deny Barnett. Replays suggested that he had connected the ball with his arm instead of her stomach.
“Should be outside”, said Evans. “If the ref does not give them penalty, or gives us one of the two, then we’re in the game.” But not just to be. “It was a fantastic race and we are proud of the players and proud of the people”.
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