Before I start, I want to make it clear that I think 1-1 was a fair result on Saturday. We whould have had a penalty early on, but Villa also had one turned down that should have been given. What I want to talk about is the nature of that decision that went against us.
Doyle was pulled off the ball - simple as that - but he did everything he could to stay on his feet and as a result, the ref didn't give a penalty. If he goes down in that situation, then the ref - who had a clear view - has to give it.
So we're in a situation where being fouled is not enough - you have to show you are being impeded by throwing yourself on the ground. Think what Drogba or Torres would have done in that situation - they would think 'that's a foul - time to hit the deck' and the ref would have blown his whistle.
It's just a sad indictment of the modern game. It has become so littered with cheating that you can't get justice for being fouled by being honest any more.
I'm proud to support a club where the striker will try to stay on his feet even when the defender is fouling him. That said, if Doyle throws himself on the ground in that situation, we get a penalty, probably the lead and they get a defender on a yellow card.
Only when diving is irradicated will referees have the confidence to blow the whistle in situations like Doyle's at the weekend. My only solution is a panel reviewing matches after the final whistle with retrospective bans being issued for cheats.
As for the rest of the game, I was delighted with the way the defence held firm against one of the league's most dangerous attacks. I lost count of the amount of Villa crosses that were blocked on the ground. And with Craddock in the side, we look much more solid against set pieces.