Holloway fuming at officials

Last updated : 05 October 2009 By Palace Reporter
Ian Holloway was fuming at two decisions that went against his side. First Alex Baptiste had a goal disallowed and then Holloway felt Darren Ambrose was offside as he scored Palace's 3rd.

"Maybe it's a little bit of karma for Neil after what happened to his side at Bristol City when they scored and it wasn't allowed." he said.

"But that's a two-goal turnaround and the linesman might as well have banged them both in.

"You've got Mr Sepp Blatter sitting in his nice office dreaming of wonderful things for football, but why doesn't he come down here and see what mine and Neil Warnock's job is like when it is affected by human error?

"Why haven't they got cameras? The officials can speak to each other easily enough now. Why aren't we using laptops that are linked up and can give a decision in five seconds? A chimpanzee could do it - with not much training.

"Ask every manager if they want this. It will work and it won't slow down the game.

"Why is football so far behind other sports yet everything in football costs more?

"We might as well go back to being cavemen, grab our girl by the hair, drag her into the cave whether she wants to come in or not because we may as well live in that age. We've come forward haven't we?

"And can anyone explain to me why we shouldn't do it?"

Holloway's anger could not disguise the fact that Palace's more ruthless finishing deservedly earned them the points.

Lee and Danns' early headers while Ambrose finished well from Johannes Ertl's through ball before substitute Alassane N'Diaye wrapped things up in the 88th minute.

Palace manager Neil Warnock said: "I was just pleased to see a goal go in in the first half because it's got that off our back.

"We just needed to be patient and we knew the chances would come our way."

And Warnock admitted he was relieved to be entering the international break.

"We're just delighted to get the points and have the two-week break because hopefully that will give us the chance to get three or four players fit," he said.

"Jose Fonte went down with a bug today and didn't pull out until 12 o'clock. We didn't even have seven subs this morning.

And he added: "I'm not just pleased for myself, I'm pleased for the chairman as well. We are fighting like hell to keep our heads above water and it's difficult at the minute."