United 1-1 CHELSEA: One Man & His Whistle

Shall I have a rant or just accept the draw gracefully? I won’t be celebrating the draw, I know that much.
I won’t argue they had a marginally better first half than us but then, getting away with synchronised WWF moves in the box would give most sides the upper hand to be honest. As for the second half, it’s probably fair to say Dowd didn’t keep his head down as much as he did for the penalty claims. I’ve watched episodes of One Man and His Dog and heard whistles blown less. Like an over-protective dad, it seemed every time they lost possession, Dowd blew up and gave it back!
Accuse me of sour grapes if you must but if both of those were yellow cards for Ivanovic, then Adidas should just bring out a new line in shoulder pads and fluffy slippers and we’ll sing Ring-a-ring-a-roses at half time as well.
I’d said when the first yellow was brandished he’d got some sort of issue with Ivanovic from the off – and so it played out. Unfortunately Dowd had the last word, Ivanovic wasn’t there to defend when we needed him, courtesy of a badly timed gust of wind flooring the vertically challenged Di Maria and the rest is history.
Spoilt brat syndrome here? Maybe a little, after all a point away at OT would have been acceptable in season’s past. I guess we just know we’re a bit better than that at this moment in time, so a point felt a bit like a loss.
Enough of my rant though, here’s some other points of view:

The official CFC site provide the full report
Talk sport give us Jose’s perspective
There’s opposition opinion from BBC sport
The Guardian pick out five talking points
SportsMole give us their player ratings
And the goals and highlights come courtesy of Footyroom

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