Nottingham Forest picked up a valuable point against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday courtesy of an injury-time strike from Matty Cash.
Sabri Lamouchi’s men had to fight back twice to secure a point. The Reds responded to Callum Robinson’s opener just before half-time as Kyle Barley turned Sammy Ameobi’s cross into his own net.
Tobias Figueiredo’s own-goal in the second-half looked to have secured the Baggies all three points, before Cash rifled home a stunning equaliser in the first minute of injury-time.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t the right-back’s goal which was the main talking point after the game.
It was instead the performance of referee Keith Stroud. The 50-year-old made countless poor decisions throughout the game which went against Forest.
One of the experienced referee’s most controversial calls came in the first-half. West Brom midfielder Jake Livermore clattered into Yuri Ribeiro just 17 minutes into the game.
Replays evidently showed that the midfielder wasn’t anywhere near the ball, with his studs being firmly planted into Ribeiro’s knee.
Remarkably, Stroud opted to not even caution Livermore for the challenge, despite it arguably being enough to see red.
The challenge was evidently seen by the referee as a free-kick was awarded to Forest, which makes it even more baffling that no more action was taken.
Ribeiro will be counting himself lucky to have avoided picking up a serious injury.
The 23-year-old took to social media after the game to bemoan the decision.
No fault??? 👍🏼 pic.twitter.com/uPMbdQLltn
— Yuri Ribeiro (@Yuri_oribeiro) February 15, 2020
The Reds will be hoping they don’t suffer from similarly poor refereeing performances for the remainder of this season.
They remain just four points off the automatic promotion places ahead of their return to the City Ground to face Queens Park Rangers next weekend.