Date: 21st September 2008 at 9:48am
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It’s not often in football that both managers and both sets of fans leave the ground in agreement following a match, but yesterday’s 0-0 draw between Forest and Charlton achieved just that.

The performance of referee Karl Evans has been criticised not only by both sets of supporters, but both managers as well. Alan Pardew and Colin Calderwood have both come out and slated Evans’ and his handling of the game.

Charlton boss Alan Pardew thought his side had a nailed on penalty denied by Mancunian Evans and was incensed when it was turned down. He told Sky Sports News. ‘We want consistency and if it had been the other way round, in my view, our centre-half would have gone.
There was no reaction from the crowd. They all knew he was in trouble and he had to have conviction in his decision there. We should have had a penalty because the header was going in and it hit a hand, admittedly it was close.’

Calderwood was also less than complimentary about Evans and thought the sending off of Matt Thornhill, was harsh to say the least. ‘The sending-off should be a learning curve but unfortunately, Matt Thornhill doesn’t have to learn too much. Someone else does because Matt did nothing wrong – neither was a foul. I know Matt Thornhill and there’s not a nasty bone in his body. It’s hard to get him to say anything let alone be aggressive.’

This is the first season in the Football League for Karl Evans and only his third game in charge. He needs to learn to let games flow and not be so petty, if he wishes to progress in the game. His decision making for both sides yesterday was poor, but fortunately it didn’t cost either side the game. Matt Thornhill on the other hand might disagree with that.