Reading manager Brian McDermott has revealed that he has been told by Premier League officials that his players don’t appeal enough.
In a perplexing revelation, McDermott said his Royals players are not vehement enough when appealing for decisions which has led to a couple of near-misses in regards to results.
Reading lead 2-1 at home against Newcastle United on the weekend before Demba Ba guided the ball home with his arm for an 83rd minute equaliser whilst they conceded a goal to Fernando Torres in their 4-2 loss to Chelsea last month with the Spaniard clearly offside.
McDermott said today that he has been told twice my match officials that Reading have not had those decision go their way because of a lack of protestation from the players.
“I feel a sense of injustice because there was an injustice – obviously the goal shouldn't have stood,” he said.
“My concern slightly, or more than slightly, is the conversations with two people now; the match delegate at the Chelsea game said that my players didn't appeal for the Torres offside goal, and the fourth official said to my goalkeeping coach that only two of my players appealed (against Newcastle).
“For me it is very difficult to take that, what are we asking? If we appeal for every decision we might get one or two?
“The last thing we want is for our players to start trying to referee the game, we have to let the referee and the assistant referees get on with their job and that is what we are trying to do.
“So that is the concern for me, the two separate things that have been said to me.”