Crystal Palace forward Dwight Gayle was sent off last weekend just before halftime in the Eagles’ 3-1 loss to West Ham. His manager still isn’t happy about it.
Alan Pardew is frustrated with the treatment his players have received from the referees compared to their opponents, and Gayle’s second yellow caused it to boil over when asked about the situation.
“In the period I’ve been at Palace, we’ve not had an opposing player sent off,” said Pardew in his pre-match press conference prior to their match against Leicester City this weekend. “Yet we’ve got three flying wingers and it never happens to us. So there is a bit of frustration in there that might bias my views slightly. Having said that, I have spoken to Dwight this week and he put himself at risk with that challenge. Can’t happen again. He understands that. Sometimes I do [think we don’t get enough protection]. In all the games that we play, we’ve had some incidents with three or four challenges after a yellow card. It is a bit frustrating.”
He hinted at such beliefs when asked about Gayle’s red after the West Ham loss.
“Frustrating decision really, because it’s a cracking game…Our striker gets booked for a bad challenge quite rightly, and the second challenge the referee knows he’s booked, he’s a striker and missed [the ball] by a centimeter, and he sends him off, and ruined the occasion. And I thought a man of his experience perhaps should have looked at that situation and given him a warning.”
Finally, Pardew offered up a suggestion, and a weird one at that. ‘Maybe some analysis from managers [would benefit referees]. We are asked our view but it’s not been taken too much into account at times. A bit more feedback would help them to help us.