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Blackburn's Warnock slams ref after Liverpool defeat

Stephen Warnock has accused referee Alan Wiley of having 'bottled it' in his failure to send-off Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel at Anfield on Sunday.

Blackburn's Warnock saw his first return to Merseyside ruined by a 3-1 defeat, but the Rovers defender feels Wiley got it all wrong in letting Skrtel off the hook.

Warnock's ire relates to an incident that occurred at a time when Blackburn were trailing by just a solitary goal; with Skrtel shown a yellow card for dragging back Jason Roberts as the strike honed in on goal.

"It was definitely a red card - but he's bottled it," he told the Lancashire Telegraph.

"Obviously, it's at Anfield and it's a big decision and I personally think he's made the wrong decision.

"Jason was through on goal and there was no other defenders around him. I don't see how that was a yellow card.

"It was quite a poor decision - but it's at Anfield and it's a big decision for the referee.

"It's the same at the likes of Old Trafford and places like that.

"It's going to be difficult to get a decision, but I think the referee has got to be big enough to make that decision."

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