Talking Points: How long can this poor level of officiating continue for?


Daniel Ainsworth discusses three talking points as Rovers made it nine matches without defeat with a point at home to Huddersfield.

Wharton’s influence

It’s now fifteen league starts for Scott Wharton, and Rovers are yet to lose a match with the academy graduate at centre-back when he has started, picking up 35 points out of a possible 45.

The ‘eye test’ works as well, as you can see his influence from watching the games, with his calmness on the ball complimenting his ruthless defensive abilities – he is a pleasure to watch.

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For me, he is the future club captain, and everything should be done to ensure he is tied to the club for a long time and we do not have a repeat of the situation we find ourselves in currently.

The ’embarrassing’ refereeing

The fact I took a big sigh before writing the heading for this one says it all. How much longer can we go on with this level of refereeing?

The Championship clubs invest money into refereeing each season, and in return we have a pool of referees where the majority of them are not up to scratch – Mowbray summed it up perfect post-match with the word ’embarrassing’.

BLACKBURN, ENGLAND – JANUARY 02: Blackburn Rovers’s Manager Tony Mowbray during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Huddersfield Town at Ewood Park on January 2, 2022 in Blackburn, England. (Photo by Dave Howarth – CameraSport via Getty Images)

I discussed Stroud’s credibility and Bournemouth links in the verdict, and it appears that the majority of clubs have had similar issues.

I’d like to hope the refereeing standard is increased in the next couple of years, but I’ve been saying the same since we first came back down to the Championship.

A look ahead

With two weeks until the next league match, and a cup tie in between, it will be interesting to see how Tony Mowbray approaches the trip to Wigan.

Harry Pickering was withdrawn through injury, and it appears it will be a tight turnaround for the trip to Cardiff, potentially giving Edun the chance to impress.

We’re expecting a strong side for the cup tie, with Rovers aiming to keep the momentum going, and I’m looking forward to the short trip to the DW.

Thanks for reading.

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