I hate the culture of blaming the ref for a team's own deficiencies. A mentality which is especially prevalent here, where refereeing errors are scrutinised more closely, debated more fiercely and discussed for far longer than in Britain. Blaming the ref for your lost points is graceless, unsporting and usually inaccurate, not to mention innately futile.
Yes, yes that's exactly what I'm going to do right now.
Mexes should never in a month of Sundays have been sent off. And if Mexes hadn't have been sent off then I think it extremely unlikely that Inter would have clawed back their point, jammy scabby unlovable bastards that they are. The first yellow card was debatable (he cut across the corner of the pitch while the ball was out of play en route to the sidelines before re-entering play after treatment for injury) but the second was absolutely non-existent. And as soon as he was off (livid and having been forcibly restrained by his team-mates) Inter looked like a new team, promptly profiting from their restored numerical parity and morale boost to return at long last to the attack. Doni's save off Crespo was great but there wasn't much he could do about Zanetti's goal from the ensuing corner. Is it necessary to point out that Mexes is our best aerial defender and most reliable at dealing with corners?
All of which overshadows Totti's great goal in the first half, his 201st in giallorosso, which was truly a thing of beauty (and much jumping up and down). Good effort by Vucinic, ball through to Tonetto, perfect cross in and Totti arriving with immaculate timing. He was obviously quite pleased with the chance to silence the Nord, which had been giving him a light smattering of abuse up to that point…
(with added Zampo hilarity)
Of course, the truth of the matter is that Roma had every chance to wrap up the three points during a spell of total dominance once Inter were down to 10 men (Maxwell off with a horrible ankle distortion after they'd already used all 3 subs) in which despite creating 101 chances we failed to score. And nobody else is to be blamed for that, least of all the Ref. See, pointless.
So the distance stays at -9, the prospects of closing the gap are basically gone, and that is more or less Game Over.
I'd have taken 1-1 before the game, you know. But by the time we got to the end I was absolutely livid, because we should have won, quite clearly. One of those draws that feels like a defeat. GRRR.