Gary Johnson critical of referee 'inconsistency' during Yeovil Town's loss to Swindon Town
Yeovil Town boss Gary Johnson hopes he is not the only manager to suffer from what he believes to be inconsistent refereeing by Keith Stroud.
The Gillingham-based official is a regular visitor to Huish Park and took charge of Tuesday evening’s npower League One clash with Swindon Town.
As the Glovers tumbled to a 2-0 defeat to their play-off rivals, Mr Stroud dished out nine yellow cards – four to Yeovil and five to Swindon – and halted play for 30 perceived infringements, 22 of which committed by the hosts.
However, Johnson had few complaints with the second half penalty that gave Swindon the lead as Adam Rooney converted from the spot following keeper Marek Stech’s unnecessary collision with Gary Roberts.
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Whilst also critical of Mr Stroud’s assistants and accusing the official of “embarrassing” Yeovil by ending the game immediately after Swindon scored a second, Johnson said: “I’m not going to complain about the penalty, it could, it couldn’t have been. What I can complain about a little bit is the inconsistency of Mr Stroud. I always seem to get his inconsistency when he comes against my team so I hope it’s not just me.
“I’m not going to complain about the penalty but I am going to complain about inconsistent decisions about the park.
“If we’re going to call linesman assistant referees they are going to have to assist referees more or I’m going to have to call them linesman again.”
Johnson also confirmed that Jamaican central midfielder Omar Holness has left the Glovers following an unsuccessful trial. The 19-year-old played in a behind closed doors friendly and travelled with the squad to Hartlepool United.
“He’s gone,” said Johnson. “We didn’t feel he was going to be anywhere near our first team, even after Tuesday night’s performance.”