Football writer Andrew Musgrove has slammed referee Michael Salisbury for his role in West Bromwich Albion’s most recent defeat.
In their last Championship outing, the Baggies failed to overcome Middlesbrough, losing 2-1 away from home. Despite taking the lead through Jayson Molumby, two goals in the space of nine minutes from Paddy McNair and Marcus Tavernier was enough to see Chris Wilder’s men take all three points.
However, aside from the result, Musgrove was keen to point out the poor refereeing. On Twitter, he wrote: “Seen some bad refereeing this season but the performance of Michael Salisbury during Middlesbrough’s win over West Brom was probably the worst.
“Great win for Boro. Chris Wilder has really got them going.”
It seems that he was not alone in his frustration with Salisbury’s officiating, with TeessideLive quoting manager Wilder as saying: “I thought [we] started the game really well but there were some incredibly baffling decisions by the referee.
“I think we all got frustrated with that, me included, because there were some very poor decisions, especially the Isaiah Jones one.
“Minimal contact is what the fourth official told me, but if it’s minimal contact it’s contact, you know? Is it or not? That’s a game-changing decision, really.”
Will Bruce get West Brom promoted?
That result does not leave the Baggies in the best of positions when it comes to their push for promotion. Indeed, they remain 11th in the league, six points off Middlesbrough, who move to sixth.
The Baggies’ last win in all competitions came back against Peterborough United on 22nd January and they’ve picked up just a single Championship point since then.
No doubt, new manager Steve Bruce will need more from his players – regardless of the refereeing – if he is to guide his side back up the table.