Bradley left frustrated by key decision
January 1, 2012
Edinburgh boss Michael Bradley was not happy with the performance of referee Peter Allan © Getty Images
Edinburgh head coach Michael Bradley questioned a key decision by referee Peter Allan in the wake of his side's RaboDirect PRO12 defeat to Scottish rivals Glasgow at Firhill.
Home stand-off Duncan Weir and opposite number Phil Godman had kicked three penalties apiece before Scott was penalised for a dangerous tackle on Robert Harley in the 68th minute. With Edinburgh a man down, Low drove over after a lineout a minute later to help Glasgow to a 17-12 RaboDirect PRO12 victory, which also saw them retain the 1872 Cup. Referee Allan only made the decision on the advice of assistant Andy Macpherson.
"It was a crucial decision in the game," Bradley said. "We have had a lot of possession for all of the game. The yellow card was decisive in terms of the balance of power. The referee was next to it and didn't seem to put his hand in his pocket or stop the play even, and the touch judge saw what he saw."
Glasgow head coach Sean Lineen did not feel the incident was so important. "The subs made a difference," said Lineen, who brought on the likes of John Barclay and Scott Wight after the visitors had cancelled out Glasgow's 9-3 half-time lead.
"They upped the tempo and we got some quick ball. Matt Scott, a centre, was the one who was yellow-carded. I don't think he would have done anything with the drive."
Lineen, whose team were watched by a record 8,852 crowd at Firhill, added: "It's a shame we couldn't put on a better performance for the purist but in a derby match, winning is all important."
Bradley was encouraged by his team's performance after making 13 changes to the team that drew 23-23 with Glasgow on Boxing Day at Murrayfield. "I thought we played particularly well," he said. "Even when down to 14 men Jonesy [Lee Jones] was almost down in the corner. You don't automatically lose a game because you are down to 14 men, Glasgow lost a man last week and coped well.
"We just didn't take our chances but we were excellent tonight. It was a fantastic performance. We created a lot of half opportunities. Glasgow's defence has been very good and they were able to snuff them out but they were under a lot of pressure."
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