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Motherwell Boss Stephen Robinson Brands Fourth Official as ‘Young Boy Out of His Depth’

Motherwell Boss Stephen Robinson Brands Fourth Official as ‘Young Boy Out of His Depth’

Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson was left absolutely furious after being sent to the stands during his side’s thrashing at the hands of Rangers yesterday afternoon.

The Steelmen were mauled 7-1 by Steven Gerrard’s men at Ibrox, with Carl McHugh’s sending-off in the first-half the catalyst for the home side taking control of the contest.

McHugh was sent off after referee Craig Thompson showed him a second yellow card for handball, before awarding Rangers a penalty, and Robinson simply couldn’t contain his fury.

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He was sent packing by the fourth official after a touchline melee, and speaking via the Sun after the match, the Northern Irishman fumed: “I thought it was a penalty and the letter of the law says he needs to be sent off.

“But the first booking is a disgrace – it’s embarrassing.

“And I have to say referees are getting conned by the same people. I am not going to talk about individual players. But there are certain players who get away with certain things every week.

“He has to send him (McHugh) off after he has booked him, but he shouldn’t have booked him.

“It wasn’t a free-kick in the first place and it certainly wasn’t a yellow card.

“He was given the yellow card for continual fouling. But it wasn’t a foul, so work that one out.

”Members of their staff came out to voice their opinions but I was the only one who got sent to the stand.

“There is a young boy who’s out of his depth as a fourth official – he obviously can’t deal with it.

“I didn’t think it was a major incident. Steven even said ‘Don’t worry about it, I’ll sort it out,’ and told his staff to sit back down again.

“But the ordering-off wasn’t the reason we went on and lost six goals.

“I think a lot of people are looking for excuses but I’m certainly not going to hide behind a referee or use him as an excuse.

“I don’t want that to be the headline.

“We can do so much better than we did defensively. It was hard to take for 45 minutes.

“There is a way of getting beaten and it was so disappointing to watch that performance in the second-half.

“We looked to have an excuse in the bag after that happened.

“I will make no bones about it, the decision was a big aspect of the game. But the manner we got beaten in was really disappointing and we certainly can’t blame the referee the goals we let in.

“It was woeful defending and people have to look long and hard at themselves after that.”

The result ends a decent run for Motherwell, who are now down to ninth in the Premiership with just 11 points from 12 matches played so far – an will have to do without McHugh for their next league clash which is against Aberdeen on November 24.

But what do you think of Robinson’s comments? Does he have a point or not?

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