Alan Shearer has praised Michael Oliver for his refereeing during Nottingham Forest v Bournemouth.
The Reds fell to a self-destructing 3-2 defeat after leading by two goals to nil at half-time.
It proved a sobering experience for the Reds with their Premier League dream quickly turning into a nightmare.
The Cherries didn’t really have to work particularly hard for their win in the end and the second half was an embarrassment.
Lineker and Shearer did praise one aspect of the match though and it was referee Oliver.
The Reds were awarded a penalty when Lloyd Kelly handled in the first half but the referee was sent over to the VAR monitor.
Typically that would mean that the referee is set to change his mind but Oliver was undeterred and stuck by his original decision.
Shearer told Match of the Day: “A first this season, well done Michael Oliver. At last, a referee who has the guts to go over to the monitor and say, ‘no I’m sticking by my decision’.
“The defender has made himself bigger and it’s not a clear and obvious error. That’s what VAR was brought in to do.
“Well done. Don’t be surprised if you see more of that in th becoming weeks because he’s the first to do it.”
Oliver praised by Shearer
The FIFA referee reiterated yesterday why he’s considered one of the best match officials in the world.
He set a precedent by utilising the monitor and then still awarding his original, on-field decision.
Kelly did make himself bigger and in doing so he stopped Forest from likely getting an effort on target.
Forest scored the penalty and went into the break two goals to the good against the Cherries.
What happened in the second half was an aberration and frankly, Forest were humbled on their own patch.
Forest need to improve and this performance provided a healthy dose of realism to the team.
In future weeks Forest need to show similar guts to that which Oliver showcased during yesterday’s Premier League clash.