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Evans: Both Town Goals Offside and We Should Have Had a Penalty
Wednesday, 6th Oct 2021 14:52

Gillingham manager Steve Evans claimed both Town’s goals in his side’s 2-0 defeat to the Blues at the Priestfield Stadium should have been disallowed, while his own team should have been awarded a second-half penalty.

Joe Pigott netted in the first half for Town and Conor Chaplin in the second as the Blues comfortably beat the Gills.

However, as is usually the case when Town face Evans’s teams, the Scot felt his side was treated unfairly by the officials, although on this occasion there was no clash with the Town boss of the day, previous games against the Blues having resulted in harsh words being exchanged with Mick McCarthy and Paul Lambert.

“On the night I am too far away, certainly the first goal from Joe Pigott to determine [if it was offside], but all the boys said off and their second goal is clearly off from where we were. It certainly looked like a penalty on Charlie Kelman,” he told the Kent Messenger.

“When we went in and looked at the video of the key incidents, well the match officials continually get worse, don’t they? The standard is dropping considerably and I am getting fed up with going in to see them afterwards.

“The assessors, who are the coaches of the referees and in the main were referees from the Premier League and Championship previously, [were] excellent referees with good judgment, and I am sick of the times I go in there and they have empathy with me.

“I sent the footage before I left the stadium to the head of referees, Mike Jones. He has come back and said Joe Pigott was half a metre to a metre clearly offside.

“The second one the ball travelled a long way but looks clearly offside, and with Charlie Kelman the defender attempts to play the ball but takes the man, penalty.”

He added: “I don’t think there is any question of integrity, I just think the standard is decreasing every season that goes past in League One and Two level.

“You work hard with that back four to hold a strong line. Joe Pigott finished well but it was offside and the second one is embarrassing for me and to not give the penalty is a shocking, shocking decision.

“It is not the referee for the offsides, that is down to his assistants who get the big two incidents wrong, but [referee] Trevor Kettle should see that penalty as clearly as everyone else in the stadium, including Paul Cook who I had a beer with after the game.

“He acknowledged the goals were questionable and as he said when he walked in [to the manager’s office], ‘Let’s not talk about my goals or the penalty you didn’t get!’

“It doesn’t make up for some of the poorer performances individually [from his players] but goals and incidents change games and our best spell was probably when Charlie gets brought down.

“I looked at the body language of young Bailey Akehurst and Harvey Lintott when they scored the second goal and the boy ran through, they are looking at the assistant referee and they are gobsmacked.”

Evans felt there were positives from his team despite the result: “There were pluses but there were also three or four who we were looking at and thinking ‘Go on, step up and give me a problem for picking a team Saturday,’ but they didn’t really jump up and say ‘I should be playing at Wycombe’.

Regarding the Blues, who made 11 changes from the team which lost at Accrington at the weekend, he added: “Paul Cook in his own words said that team who played would finish in the top 10 in League One. You look at the boy [Kayden] Jackson who started, he cost £1.4 million and I know that because we agreed to same fee at Peterborough United.

“On personal terms he chose Ipswich. He is a great kid and I spoke to him before the game but he can’t get a sniff.

“If you are spending a £10 million budget like Ipswich do, and I only give the new owners credit for that, then that is the type of back-up you are going to have.

“Our opposition in competition in League One is not Ipswich, Sunderland, not Sheffield Wednesday, yes we will compete with them and do our level best, but these guys are spending between eight and 10 times more than our budget, 13-14 for the likes of Sheffield Wednesday. That gets you £15-£20,000 a week players. There marks the difference.”

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BlueBlood90 added 14:58 - Oct 6
Always a victim isn't he. Idiot!

Toronto_Tractor added 14:59 - Oct 6
He's the most annoying manager in football.

OwainG1992 added 14:59 - Oct 6
I truly truly dislike this man.
Seems to be the worst sore loser I've ever known.

martin587 added 14:59 - Oct 6
A leopard never changes his spots nor can Evans.Never stops moaning and always thinks he’s right.You lost….end of.

BlueRaider added 15:00 - Oct 6
Bad loser !

Maybe if you can't rely on the officials to get it right, don't play offside !

hoppy added 15:00 - Oct 6
Awww, Evans... You ok hun? x

SamWhiteUK added 15:02 - Oct 6
Shove it up your fat @rse you crook

Rozeeboy74 added 15:04 - Oct 6
This guy needs to keep an eye on his blood pressure.

SamWhiteUK added 15:07 - Oct 6
There's no way the head of referees said Pigott was a metre offside either. He's not even on the footage, for a start, and neither is Chaplin. This whole interview is founded on BS

Marcus added 15:10 - Oct 6
For those who want Cook out, consider he may be the replacement ;)

Cadiar added 15:15 - Oct 6
Evans-what a knubhead. Seems to forget all the high earners that left in the summer or the fees received for Dozzel etc.
If he was any good he wouldn't be at Gillingham. Might be a vacancy there soon for MM to fill & play hoofball.

Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 15:17 - Oct 6
Ha ha ha ha ha!

Trac70 added 15:23 - Oct 6
Once a "fat opinionated tw#t, always a fat opinionated tw#t". Horrible individual!!!!

istanblue added 15:27 - Oct 6
Have a complimentary slice of Papa John's pizza and calm down Steve!

Monkey_Blue added 15:30 - Oct 6
Marcus- what a ridiculous comment. Why on earth would evans be appointed to replace Cook? Perhaps Klopp might swap Merseyside for Suffolk. If your defence of Cook is at least he’s not Evans it’s doesn’t say much about Cook does it. Evans is a moron although he may have a point with the offsides, the first one does look clear. He wouldn’t be hired by us to in a million years to replace Cook, we’d go for someone with a record better than his. He does also have a point that the side we put out…. Most if not all would be in the gills first team or at worst the bench.

invictablue added 15:31 - Oct 6
Steve Evans is an absolute joy. Unfailingly gracious in defeat and forever willing to acknowledge that his team were second best pretty much throughout the entire match. Love it 😂

BobbyBell added 15:34 - Oct 6
Having watched the highlights the word offside never ever entered my head. What was he watching??

Barty added 15:35 - Oct 6

dyersdream added 15:56 - Oct 6
This bloke talks some sh1te as always never beaten by the better team !

DavoIPB added 15:58 - Oct 6
Could have been offside, definitely not a penalty but the only thing that he should be worried about is the way we outplayed his side the whole game.

Wickets added 16:07 - Oct 6
Actually the only penalty that should have been awarded was for the foul on Edwards early on . But we all know what Evans is about .

cornishnick added 16:08 - Oct 6
He comes out with even more excuses when his team loses than Cook does!

BlueandTruesince82 added 16:08 - Oct 6
Surprised he hasn't started on the holes in his shoes as a kid.

Wickets added 16:10 - Oct 6
As for the claim for offsides His defenders should not be looking at the assistant they should have been defending !

blues1 added 16:17 - Oct 6
Monkeyblue. Don't know what coverage u are looking st but there's nothing clear about the 1st goal regarding offside. As for the 2nd, by the time the camera gets onto Chaplin he's clearly running onto the ball so impossible to tell from the footage. With only the one camera no1 could say however many times they looked at either if they were offside or not . Just the usual crap from Evans. The fact ges going on about players earning g £15-20,000 a week shows what bs he's talking. Just a bad loser.

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