Bolton Wanderers 1 - 1 Barnsley

Match info: Championship at Macron Stadium

Date: 17/11/2012 KO: 15:00 Ref: C Berry Att: 16,965

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


Kevin Davies 24



Craig Davies 65

FT (ht: 1-0)

  • Last Updated: November 17 2012, 18:27 GMT

Bolton boss Dougie Freedman has called for full-time referees to be used in all npower Championship fixtures.

Dougie Freedman watches the action unfold
Dougie Freedman watches the action unfold

Freedman was frustrated by the performance of official Carl Berry as Wanderers were held to a 1-1 home draw by struggling Barnsley.

Berry penalised veteran Bolton forward Kevin Davies on several occasions and also blew up for a Barnsley foul towards the end of the first half when David Ngog would have been clear through on goal had advantage been played.

Asked to comment on Berry's display, Freedman refused to directly castigate the referee, but left no-one in any doubt as to his views on the standard of officiating.

"Until referees at this level, which is a very important level, are full-time, I can't criticise the referee," said the Scot.

"The Premier League have got 18 full-time referees and that's the reason they're a lot better. Full-time is the way to go. They must be full-time trained, full-time fitness-wise and helped with things so they will understand the game more.

"I thought Kevin Davies was fantastic but I just felt the referee didn't understand what he was doing. You can't blame him; you've got to blame the system.

"The poor guy has probably been asked to work all week to fend for his family and then he is asked to turn up in a stadium and make big decisions. It's unfair."

Freedman had mixed feelings regarding his team's performance after Kevin Davies' first-half strike was cancelled out by Craig Davies' 25-yarder.

"With the opportunities we created I felt that we deserved to win, but if you don't take your opportunities then it becomes very difficult," added the Wanderers boss.

"I'm disappointed in the nature of the (Barnsley) goal and the space he (Craig Davies) was given to shoot, but not in the performance or the number of chances we created."

Barnsley boss Keith Hill was much happier after seeing his side claim a first point since October 23.

Referring to Bolton taking the lead against the run of play, Hill said: "It could have ebbed away at the little confidence we had, but it didn't and we looked strong in the second half.

"I'm really pleased with that and I just hope it gives the players a bit more confidence.

"We're happy with a point with respect to the results we've recently had. We can't complain and won't complain."

Hill was particularly pleased with the performances of Craig Davies and fellow forward Marcus Tudgay, who arrived on loan from Nottingham Forest this week.

"When you've got a goalscoring threat, the opposition have to respect you," he added.

"We haven't scored enough goals and, with having Craig on the pitch today and Marcus Tudgay, we looked more of a threat. I think it takes the pressure off the team."

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