Rae blasts linesman for costly decision

Alex Rae and Mick McCarthy
Alex Rae and Mick McCarthy
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Alex Rae claims a poor linesman’s decision cost Blackpool the points on Saturday.

Pool led at half-time against Ipswich through Stephen Dobbie’s header and they looked comfortable until Frank Nouble danced into the box and fired a 65th-minute equaliser – a goal which replays suggest should have been flagged for offside.

Assistant manager Rae blasted: “One of the key points of the game came with their first goal. He was a yard offside.

“The linesman missed it. It’s staggering when you think he was so close to the incident. They obviously got momentum from that.

“Obviously we were disappointed to lose three goals but it all started with the offside one.”

After a bright start, Pool once again sat back when a second goal was vital, and they eventually lost to a dramatic sucker punch from Daryl Murphy in the final minute of stoppage time.

Rae admits Pool struggled after the break. “They changed their shape but up until their first goal they didn’t cause us too many problems,” he said.

“I felt that goal kind of gave them a lift and knocked us. I’m disappointed with all three goals, particularly the last one.

“It’s key at any level of football to get set-pieces right and we gave them a free header.

“We pride ourselves on being strong and resilient and we got a bit disjointed on Saturday.”

However, Pool remain fourth in the Championship.

And Rae urged supporters’ not to lose sight of that after the Ipswich defeat.

“It’s our first defeat in eight games,” he said. “The expectations are high with supporters now. I could hear them getting frustrated on Saturday.

“We need to dust ourselves down now and get ready for Birmingham. Hopefully we’ll have two or three players back for that one.”

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy was delighted with his side’s first away win of the season.

He said: “That’s the reverse of what’s happened to us in a couple of games, so I’m very pleased.

“I’d worked in training on ‘what-ifs’. We’d tried all different shapes in the week. Very often you’re playing 4-4-2 and you take one off and put another one, but it’s still the same and you’re not causing them problems.

“We’ve worked on that formation this week and it’s paid dividends thankfully.”

Reflecting on the late drama which resulted in his side’s second away win of 2013, McCarthy added: “It would be interesting if I had a heart rate monitor on. I think it would have been beeping at the maximum!

“We scored some really good goals. They are screaming about Frank being offside – I don’t know. I haven’t seen it again.

“But I always say put the ball in the net and then let people argue about it.”