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What is the job of an assessor?

PUBLISHED: 12:06 26 February 2010 | UPDATED: 08:26 02 July 2010

Paul Lambert, Norwich City manager

Having lost our appeal against Darel Russell's sending off on Saturday, it was interesting watching Chelsea playing on Wednesday against Inter Milan in the Champions League.

Having lost our appeal against Darel Russell's sending off on Saturday, it was interesting watching Chelsea playing on Wednesday against Inter Milan in the Champions League.

Some of the challenges in that game were high as well, and the referee used common sense.

There was no intent at all in any of those challenges, just like there was no intent in Darel's. I'll stick up and defend Darel all day long. I think it was a woeful decision on Saturday and woeful for people to look at that and think that they couldn't overturn it. The lad has been brilliant for me and it was never a sending off - the assessor even said it, so what is the point of having an assessor there if he can't even influence what is happening? It's poor, really poor.

t Paul Lambert's weekly column appears in full in the Evening News every Friday

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