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Immediate Reaction: Jeremy Simpson and Stoke City 2-0 Bolton Wanderers

The ref has had an absolute shocker here

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Bolton Wanderers got well and truly outplayed by a decent looking Stoke City side tonight, with the hosts coming away with a deserved 2-0 victory, with goals from Bruno Martins Indi and Tom Ince, who always scores against Bolton.

But the only talking point about tonight’s match is a dreadful decision by referee Jeremy Simpson to rule out a Josh Magennis goal for - as far as I can see - no reason. At this point it would have been 1-1, then eight minutes later Stoke go and score a second.

Magennis and Ashley Williams are going head to head from a corner, Magennis moving towards Williams and Williams pushing him back the other way. Magennis is stronger, gets his head onto it, and scores a goal. But the referee, for some unbeknownst reason, gives a free-kick.

I have no idea how he can rule this as being a foul by Magennis. Surely, if anything, it’s a foul by Williams - but I’m far from convinced it’s even that.

There’s nothing wrong with it, and yet again an awful decision has gone against us.

Here’s the incident. You make your mind up.

For me, this decision only confirms the need for VAR. And the first place English football needs it to be brought in is The Championship. We need technology to rid us of these awful refereeing decisions - which seemingly only ever go against us.