POWER RESPONDS TO "TIME WASTERS"


The skipper reacted with some tough words for Bristol Rovers following their time wasting tactics on Saturday and speaks of the unusual and eerie experience of playing without a crowd.

"Bristol came here with a game plan of slowing the game down at every opportunity, the keeper was taking a very long time on goal kicks and when the ball went out for a throw in, it made it very frustrating. When you concede so early, it always gives the other team a leg up and it's an uphill battle for us. It's tough. I think sometimes common sense has to prevail, and the referee can deal with that a lot quicker. If they get a warning for time wasting early on and then it's followed by a caution then maybe that will help. It comes to a point where it has to be a case of, 'come on ref, let's get the game moving and going’; I've never seen a physio come on so much. Has anyone gone off seriously hurt? No. I get what Bristol are doing, and it's something we've got to cope with, but sometimes officials can deal with that situation a lot better. You see their goalkeeper, he gets booked in the 98th minute, but for me, there's no point booking him then, it’s 98 minutes too late – he was taking his time after four minutes. I'm not saying the crowd would have got their goalkeeper booked, but the pressure certainly gets ramped up on officials when there is a crowd. I do feel on Saturday, with how dominant we were in that second half, there's no denying that a full house would have helped, the atmosphere would have gone up, it is a strange atmosphere at the moment – I hope it's not one that's here for the long run. Chris (Maguire) gets that equaliser, and there's hardly much noise. It's a very strange atmosphere, it's eerie. When you get corners or do good bits of play, it's usually greeted by a roar here but at the moment, it's very quiet. It's clearly got to be safety first, but I'll be pushing for fans to be in sooner rather than later."


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