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Tony Mowbray needs to keep sense of humour in face of lies, damned lies and statistics!

There are, as we know, lies, damned lies and statistics and if you’re looking for the next level of fatuously fictional figures you could, perhaps, peruse the annual productivity report released by The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. But if you want to root out the ultimate in data disinformation, look no further than the possession pie-charts that the BBC sports department pluck out of the ether and tag on to their on-line match reports. They really do beggar belief! Whoever was crunching the numbers at the Proact Stadium on Monday postulated that Chesterfield had the ball for 55 per cent of the 1-1 draw against Coventry – a ludicrous claim even if that 90-minute reading represented something of an improvement on the half-time guesstimate which was closer to a 60/40 split. It was so impossible to reconcile that quasi-official stat with the ebb and flow of the game we’d all watched that there was only one possible reaction from Tony Mowbray when it was brought to his attention. He laughed out loud before adding, with a mischievous grin: “Maybe the referee decided that as well!” Coventry City’s James Maddison is booked The City boss will hopefully be able to retain that sense of humour later this week when he receives an FA letter demanding an explanation for the fact that Paul Tierney, the official in question, felt compelled to order him to the stands in the 80th minute. Mowbray exploded in indignation when Chris Stokes had to pull off a last-ditch block to prevent Sylvan Ebanks-Blake giving Chesterfield a two-goal cushion after Mr Tierney allowed Chesterfield to take a free-kick as City substitute Marcus Tudgay was still in the process of joining the fray. “I was frustrated,” explained Mowbray. “There was a substitution being made and Marcus wasn’t in his position when they took the free-kick and nearly scored a goal. “I think it’s wrong, that’s all, and I told him that. He didn’t like my tone and sent me to the stand but I’m a passionate man. I don’t know if anything will come from it but that doesn’t matter to me – what’s important is the football team.” Under further cross-examination, however, Mowbray admitted that his blue touchpaper was actually ignited in the 54th minute when City’s boy wonder James Maddison somehow collected a yellow card. Chesterfield’s Sam Morsy confronts Coventry City’s James Maddison It all kicked off, as they say, when Maddison was fouled by Samy Morsy five yards or so outside the home area. The Spireites captain, as is usual on such occasions, claimed that Maddison had taken a dive, but he then chose to add a physical dimension to his protests. As Tierney’s back was turned marking the spot with his vanishing spray, Morsy and Lee Novak both took the opportunity to manhandle the City midfielder before Stokes moved in to give his mate some support. Maddison, to his credit, resisted the temptation to fall down clutching his face which is what a lot of modern-day players would have done. But after Tierney had summoned his linesmen for a debriefing and quite rightly booked Morsy, he unaccountably elected to balance the books by cautioning the innocent City bystander. “That started my frustration to be honest,” confirmed Mowbray. “I watched the No.5 go looking for Maddison and stick his forehead right in his face – so how does Maddison get booked for that? “I don’t get into trouble with referees – I think it’s only happened once in my 12 or 13 years of management – but today, goodness me, it was unbelievable at times. I’ve never seen it before when a referee has brought both his linesman on to the pitch for a conflab. “It must have taken them three or four minutes to make up their minds, and then they got it wrong. You just want them to do their job. Coventry City’s Chris Stokes (left) and Chesterfield’s Sam Morsy (right) clash “I saw what happened and the fourth official was standing right next to me so he must have seen it as well. Am I allowed to get frustrated? In situations like that, yes I think so.” Now to be fair to the BBC, while their subjective statistics are pretty ropy, their time-keeping is immaculate so we can say with some degree of certainty that the gap between Maddison winning and taking that free-kick was two minutes 33 seconds – spookily enough almost exactly the delay incurred by the mini pitch invasion after Maddison had followed up the dress rehearsal with his late setpiece special. But that second stoppage has more far serious implications because, depending on how the referee writes up his report, the Sky Blues could face sanctions for the behaviour of their fans. It’s a tricky one because supporters clearly have no business encroaching on to the pitch and it’s particularly sad that some of them took the opportunity to exploit the configurations of the Proact Stadium which allow them the sort of up-close-and-personal access you’d normally expect round a basketball court. It only takes one tanked-up idiot to provoke a major incident and Chesterfield have particular reason to be sensitive in such circumstances because last season their Cov kid defender Ian Evatt protested he was “punched, kicked and spat on” by Preston supporters in the aftermath of their League One play-off semi-final at Deepdale. But it must be noted that this was self-evidently a spontaneous expression of relief and joy rather than anything remotely sinister – there was no hint of aggression towards the opposition players and fans. From my excellent vantage point in the pressbox the individual who approached Tommy Lee (the Spireites custodian rather than the former Mötley Crüe drummer and sex-tape star) was at best showing off, at worse taking the mick, and there was no need for the keeper to wrestle him to the ground before he was frogmarched off the pitch by the stewards and out of the ground by the police. One only hopes that referee Tierney doesn’t have the brass neck to complain that the proceedings were delayed. Just look at the stats… Chesterfield 1 Coventry City 1: All the reaction As it happened Mogga has mixed feelings after draw Player reaction Fan reaction Match report and key analysis Rate the players Game in 60 seconds Practice makes perfect for Maddison
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