Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Players Must Learn to Stop Seeing Red; JEFF WINTER

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Players Must Learn to Stop Seeing Red; JEFF WINTER

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NO Boro supporter will be able to complain about not getting value for their money if Saturday's game against Millwall has half as much drama as the last match at the Riverside against Birmingham City.

A match that I'm sure we all thought was going to be a tepid end of season affair burst into life and had just about everything.

You would think the most important thing was the result, but for me there was much more to enthuse about.

Let's start though with the pantomime villain, Humberside referee Carl Boyeson. His actions helped create one of the best atmospheres we've experienced at the Riverside in a long time.

Even though it wasn't a school day, the traffic dodgers would have been heading for the exits without the red card chaos that fuelled the meagre crowd into a frenzy and helped the nine Boro players over the line.

I even played my own part in the drama, having taken a call from the whistler and redirected him to the Riverside after he was stuck after an accident closed the A19.

Many Boro fans will have wished I'd sent him the wrong way!

Until the crazy finale, we'd enjoyed an open, attacking game, with Boro looking vulnerable at the back but getting men forward, three goals two of which were worldies, step up Mr Boyeson.

I thought that he'd missed a foul on Ledesma in a mad passage of play, but knowing the propensity of the Boro substitute to go down easily perhaps I do the official an injustice.

The rugby tackle by Ben Gibson and the body check of Kenneth Omeruo were defi-nitely yellow card offences, and the Chelsea loanee had already been booked and he had to go.

Gibson's dismissal was totally unnecessary.

Why he felt the need to pull back an opponent off the ball we'll put down to inexperience and a sudden rush of blood to the head.

But what it did do was infuriate the supporters and with the sense of injustice it spurred on a finale reminiscent of one of our famous European nights at the Riverside.

After last week's criticism in this column, it was a gimme that Lee Tomlin would come off the bench and score.

But I wasn't expecting it to be with nine men in circumstances that turned an almost meaningless game into of the best of the season. …

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