DANNY Wilson issued a scathing critique of referee Andy Woolmer’s performance during Sheffield United’s draw with Tranmere Rovers, accusing the Northamptonshire official of failing to grant midfielder Stephen Quinn the protection he deserved throughout a bad-tempered contest at Prenton Park.
The United manager was furious at the buffeting Quinn received at the hands of Les Parry’s side and afterwards revealed the former Republic of Ireland under-21 international is now a major doubt for Wednesday’s Carling Cup second round tie against Everton.
“He was kicked from pillar to post and I’m annoyed by the referee,” admitted Wilson. “The only two bad tackles of the afternoon were on Quinny and they got bookings.
“Then we get the same for a trip. Pathetic. All the rest (of the yellow cards) were for ‘Nancy Boy’ stuff. Refs have got to understand the commitment and passion that goes into the game and I thought he (Woolmer) had a poor game throughout.
“It really p****d me off I have to say.”
Quinn was one of six players cautioned during Saturday’s League One fixture which saw United drop their first points of the League One campaign when Rovers substitute Joss Labadie cancelled-out Nick Montgomery’s superb long-range strike.
The 25-year-old reacted angrily after being shoved to the ground by Andy Robinson and Wilson added: “He was right to react because he wasn’t getting any protection. What was he supposed to do? You tell me.”
Wilson and his opposite number hugged each other on the touchline following the final whistle but, unsurprisingly, did not share the same opinion about the treatment doled-out to Quinn.
“I’m not sure what Danny wanted because we’re not that type of team,” said Parry.
“At least Joey Barton got a decent poke when he went down recently.
“Their lad (Quinn) got a tap and went over. You wash your face harder than what he got.
“Rolling around is part of the modern game but it’s not something I want to be a part of.
“I’m pleased with the point though because Danny is a good manager with a good team that will be up there at the end of the season.”