Ipswich Town boss Paul Lambert was livid with the referee as his team were beaten by Lincoln yesterday.
With both teams impressing in the early part of the campaign, this was an important game and the Tractor Boys were hoping to bounce back from a heavy midweek loss at Doncaster.
However, they couldn’t get going and a Jorge Grant penalty secured the points for the Imps but Lambert told the East Anglian Daily Times that the official, Kevin Johnson, was simply not good enough.
“I’ve never seen anything like that in a game of football in all my time. I think whoever is head of the referees should look at that. They were two clear fouls on (Teddy) Bishop here, 100 per cent (prior to the penalty). There were some incredible decisions.
“It was dreadful. It’s professional football. That standard is not acceptable. We never lost to Lincoln, we lost to the guy in the middle. I don’t know his name. I just think it was dreadful.”
The Scotsman was not happy with the decision to award the penalty after a foul from Toto Nsiala on Brennan Johnson. Midfielder Jon Nolan was shown a late red card for a wild lunge and Lambert was also dismissed as well.
In terms of the penalty, you do have to have sympathy for Ipswich as it looked soft as Nsiala appears to be tracking Johnson and he goes to ground quite easily.
However, Lambert should also be looking at his own team and saying the ref was the only reason they lost is unfair. Firstly, Lincoln played well and the Tractor Boys were toothless in the final third.
The boss is likely to face action for these comments, which isn’t ideal ahead of a busy period.
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