Alan Pardew has called for the system which sees the referee given the task of totting up the amount of additional time played at the end of each half to be changed in the wake of Crystal Palace’s defeat at home to Hull City.
Whilst pulling no punches about his own team’s performance against Steve Bruce’s men, Pardew was adamant that there had been nowhere near enough time added on at the end of Saturday’s game, after what he felt was persistent and lengthily time-wasting by the visiting players.
Although quick to highlight that he too had employed similar tactics during games in the past, the Eagles boss called upon those in power to reexamine the method for allocating the time allowed at the end of each half, with referees having more than enough to deal with already.
“I hope Mark sits down at some point and looks at that second half, and times the substitutions coming off the pitch.
“I hope he times how long one free-kick took when they made eight different decisions on how to take it.
“It’s understandable for them, and I’ve got no problem with that, but give us the time, and he didn’t. And that is my big problem.
“I think there is a case, and I think it’s been debated before, that timekeeping comes away from the referee.
“Someone gives us the time, and we know exactly what it is, whatever that is, we play it.”
Pardew’s gripes with timekeeping are nothing new, with his frustration spilling out when Neil Warnock’s Palace side fought their way to a 3-3 draw with Newcastle at St James’ Park earlier in the season, but it’s hard to argue with his logic, given the frequent nature of time-wasting throughout the Premier League.
For referees, it is an issue that is almost impossible to police effectively, thanks to the wide variety of responsibilities they already contend with, with the game arguably being far better served by employing the help of the fourth official in the pursuit of accurate timekeeping,
Whether or not Pardew’s grievances will be listened to remains in the lap of the gods, but on the face of it, his logic is hard to argue against.