Manager's reaction an explosive match at the Madejski

By Angus Muller
Last updated : 22 January 2007
The Yorkshire press quote Warnock as saying

"In every walk of life, people try to get out of a hole and don't let the facts get in the way of a good story.

"Wally has run across into our technical area and pushed me.

"He's trying to say that I am telling people to break legs again – which is absolutely garbage.

"But the facts will come out and whatever interpretation Wally took was wrong.

"It was out of order what he did. Fortunately for me, the referee Mark Halsey has heard exactly what was said.

"Mark was 10 yards in front of me and I lifted my foot to say that I thought Sidwell's foul on Armstrong was the worst foul of the day.

"But Wally has just barged into me and said something about... I don't know, I don't think he was coherrent. His head and his eyes were bulging.

"He is interpreting what I am saying the way he wants to. I don't think they heard what I said to Mark Halsey. They are putting two and two together and getting five.

"Fortunately, for me, the one man that matters (the referee) actually heard what I said which is a great plus. He won't lie about what I said.

"No-one can have a go at his impartiality.

"You might say there is 'history' between me and Wally. He gets a bit carried away because he worked with Stan Ternent."

The Yorkshire Post describe fuss. They say

Trouble erupted soon after the interval when Gillespie was sent off for elbowing Reading winger Steven Hunt.

The Northern Ireland international had only been on the field 12 seconds and had not even touched the ball but reacted angrily to a push in the back from the Reading player.

He will be dealt with by Warnock, who has a disciplinary code in place for such irresponsible action.

Warnock, however, began shouting at the referee after Gillespie had disappeared down the tunnel but it was his portrayal of a studs-up challenge that sent Downes over the edge.

Royal's boss Steve Coppell said

"I don't know what Neil was meaning but he was making a challenge, in shape, as if he was going straight on in the tackle.

"It looked to be an aggressive gesture. I think it was wrong. The insinuation was to raise the aggression level in what was at that stage a game that looked to have been played 100 per cent in the right way.

"I certainly didn't want my players to be reacting to anything like that and I obviously didn't want them to be on the receiving end of anything. I don't want my players being kicked.

"I am very happy to play football against anyone but it looked as there was a response required to that gesture.

"I am not going to say anymore because other people are going to make judgements. I am sure Wally reacted to the action. I have got no problem with what Wally did.

"On the face of it, I am not going to do anything against Wally, absolutely not. That's not to say someone else might not do something."

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