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Cooper's official complaint
MARK Cooper once again lamented what he perceives as a lack of consistency amongst referees this season, after seeing two heavy challenges go underpunished in Swindon Town’s derby day victory over Bristol City.
Following Nathan Byrne’s dismissal for a clumsy challenge in the draw at MK Dons on September 7, which landed the winger with a three-match ban, Cooper said he has seen several tackles which he considers much worse than Byrne’s not receive the sanctions they deserve.
Two further examples came at the County Ground on Saturday, as Scott Wagstaff and Aden Flint both scythed down Swindon players from behind, only to pick up yellow cards.
Cooper wants to see a uniformity of decisions, telling the Advertiser: “I was promised after the game at Milton Keynes by the PGMOL assessor that all tackles like that would be punished with a red card this year.
“I’ve seen the one at Southampton on Diame two-footed, off the ground and it’s not even a yellow card.
“There were two today, off the ground on Louis Thompson and Aden Flint’s in the second half. Bookings.
“We’ve got a player who’s going to miss the biggest game of his career for staying on his feet and trying to make a genuine attempt to play the ball.
“As far as I’m concerned there is no consistency and that’s why managers and coaches get very frustrated.”
The Town boss remains frustrated by his side’s defensive errors, which allowed City to register two cheap goals at the weekend.
“We did a lot this week on defending in the box,” he said. “The first one is a free header inside the six-yard box and the second one we worked on keeping Jay Emmanuel-Thomas on his right foot and we dived in, let him onto his left foot and it’s a goal.
“Until the players listen, and we are giving them that information to help them, they have a chance of conceding goals.”
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