Barry Roche column: Back pass decision was a joke

Barry Roche.
Barry Roche.

I’m still scratching my head as to how we came away without the three points from the weekend’s game at Wimbledon.

For the first half hour we completely tore them to shreds and probably played the best football we have all season.

But unfortunately the important thing was we didn’t take our chances when they came our way.

We should have had the game wrapped up by the time The Dons took the lead. And that brings me on to their second goal.

How on earth a league official can call that a back pass is really beyond me. It goes some way to describing how bad a decision it was when all of their players around the free kick were laughing and saying to me what a joke of a decision it was.

The gaffer even said that their bench came into our technical area to say the same thing.

Usually if there is any doubt in my mind I will just clear the ball. But it was so obvious that Robbie didn’t mean it as a back pass I just picked it up.

The ref then said that a back pass doesn’t have to be intentional, which I’m pretty sure it does. And then to compound our misery the ref awarded a penalty when there’s no way Wrighty could even get of the way.

One positive to come from the game was the performance of Chris Doyle at centre half.

He came on in a difficult game against two very experienced centre forwards and put in an excellent display.

The occasion didn’t faze him at all and I’m sure there is plenty more to come from him in the future.