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PremierLeague-News.Com - Referee Seb Stockbridge failed to clamp down on Portsmouth's time-wasting antics in their entertaining draw at Sheffield Wednesday on the opening weekend of the season
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! It emerged on the eve of the new English Football League season that referees had been instructed to be more proactive in curbing time-wasting. Officials were also told by the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL), the governing body of referees in England, to increase their threshold of fouls and ensure player behaviour does not overstep the mark. It sounded good in principle. It sounded a big step in the right direction to improving the quality of the product. But there was little evidence of Seb Stockbridge putting that into practice at Hillsborough last weekend. The referee failed to clamp down on Portsmouth's time-wasting antics as Danny Cowley's side came-from-behind to secure a point against Sheffield Wednesday. Read more:David Stockdale, Harlee Dean, Dejphon Chansiri and your Sheffield Wednesday questions answered Was Stockbridge the reason the Owls dropped two points? Absolutely not. Wednesday's shambolic second half defending let Pompey off the hook and back into the contest. But Stockbridge lost control of proceedings, particularly in the second half. In total, he blew for a whopping 29 fouls, booked five Owls players and sent off Lee Gregory. He was far too whistle happy. Stockbridge did not let the match flow or clamp down on Portsmouth's blatant spoiling tactics. After their three-goal blitz, Danny Cowley's side resorted to the dark arts to frustrate the hosts.
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. Is it cheating? Put it this way, none of us go to football matches to watch time-wasting. As frustrating as Portsmouth's approach was, they did what they felt they needed to do to leave Hillsborough with a positive result. Pompey left South Yorkshire with a point in their back pocket after a spirited second half comeback. The end justifies the means. After the 2021/22 campaign saw less playing time than ever before, it is down to officials to clamp down on time-wasting. It is a big football problem. What is nailed on is Portsmouth will not be last team to head to S6 this season and look to use every trick in the book to slow the game down and disrupt Wednesday's rhythm. Darren Moore has turned Hillsborough into a difficult place for opponents to visit. Their home record was the best in the country last year. Teams have enormous respect for the Owls and are now setting up to try and neutralise their threats and stop them from playing. The trick for Wednesday is to focus on consistently executing their own game plan to a tee. When they play with purpose, passion and intensity, they have few equals at this level. READ NEXT MK Dons summer signing braced for Sheffield Wednesday reunion as Owls chase first win Fisayo Dele-Bashiru offers Sheffield Wednesday 'underachieved' ultimatum as ambitions laid out Sheffield Wednesday's key transfer decisions to resolve include Mallik Wilks and loan moves Michael Smith must prove himself all over again under Sheffield Wednesday chief Darren Moore Yorkshire Live's Sheffield Wednesday home page
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