Never mind the failure to give Birmingham a penalty and send off the Arsenal keeper, because of an absurd linesman's call, the two craziest refereeing decisions were at Upton Park this afternoon. And both went in our favour!
The first came when O'Neil tried to wake Bridge up by slamming the ball into his face at full pelt from five yards. That will teach you for back heeling the ball to a Liverpool player, Scotty screamed as the ball caught Bridge full on the nozzer! Fair play, but how the linesman and referee, who were both only five yards away, gave the throw to Liverpool will remain a mystery for ever and a day. Kuyt was apoplectic!
Mind you, as ridiculous as that decision was, it was bettered when Noble took a short corner to...well to himself actually, and then as a Birmingham player closed, grabbed hold of the ball and placed it back down for the corner. "Sorry", Markie yelled, "I miskicked that! That's not what I meant to do so I'm having another go!" Bloody hell, we could try this every time we fail to score from a set piece if that's allowed!
Amazingly, instead of pulling out a card for deliberate handball, Halsey green lighted Noble's tactic and let him take it again - and Piquionne so nearly scored from the resultant retaken corner. Had that gone in, we would never have heard the end of the whining from the Scousers!