Rush admits “Kevin Keegan moment”

Kevin Keegan famously loses his rag during the title race between his Newcastle side and Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United
Kevin Keegan famously loses his rag during the title race between his Newcastle side and Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United
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MIKE Rush has admitted having “a Kevin Keegan moment” in his frustration at Saints’ narrow loss to Wakefield at the weekend.

But he said he stood by much of his criticism of referee Thierry Alibert and called for video refereeing to be brought in across the board.

Mike Rush.

Mike Rush.

Video replays appeared to show that as many as three of Wakefield’s tries could easily have been chalked off - for obstruction, offside and a forward pass.

Rush said: “I’ve put my case to the RFL but I don’t know what to expect at this stage. A number of tries shouldn’t have been tries. They were only given because of the match officials’ inability to spot what was going on around them.

“I appreciate how difficult their job is, but we were on the wrong end of some tough calls. And it hurt more at the weekend because I felt we were on the wrong end time and time again.

“We’ve got six games to go now so if these things really do even themselves out over the season then I’m looking forward to six good 50/50 decisions!

“Earlier in the season another coach questioned whether we either need video referees at all the games or not at all. I echo that. We need to get some consistency.”

Despite criticising the match officials, Saints’ interim head coach also accepted that the lads in the red vee were not at their best.

He added: “I’m not ignorant of the fact that we need to play better than we did, but at the business end of the season you can’t afford to be on the wrong end of too many 50/50 decisions. This week we need the players to bend their backs and get some whack back into our defence.

“Josh Jones and Michael Shenton have both got injuries so we will have to make some changes for Castleford anyway.”