Well what a weekend we have had across all four divisions of English football- and not forgetting the action from Scotland as well- as the business end of the season and the last two months of the campaign comes into play and games matter more than ever as teams embark on fulfilling their quests.

I'm going to start with the diabolical penalty decision from Phil Dowd in the Manchester City vs Sunderland. It is true to say that decisions made by referees in any matches involving United and City between now and the rest of the season can be extremely pivotal towards the title. That was never, ever, ever a penalty. Dzeko has gone over in the box under no contact whatsoever from Craig Gardner and he completely conned the referee there. Of course that got City on level terms in a match they had started slowly in and on another could have led to them winning the match. Maybe Dowd tried to make up for a poor penalty decision he gave against City in the last match he officiated with them- at Liverpool in the Carling Cup semis.

Moving onto the next incident in the Premier League that may prove costly at the end of the season. This time in the Wolves vs Bolton match where referee Jon Moss- a surprise selection of official for a massive six-pointer considering the number of top flight matches he has been in charge- gave Bolton a penalty for a dive by Mark Davies over Roger Johnson's trailing foot. There may have been a slight touch between the two players and yes you can argue that Johnson could have moved his foot out of the way or it shouldn't have been there in the first place. Still it is a poor decision that Wolves could have done without because it brought Bolton back into the game.

A couple of things to debate in the hotly anticipated Newcastle vs Liverpool clash on Sunday with sixth place very much up for grabs between these two sides. Also this game would go a long way to deciding who gets that particular slot in the PL table come the end of the campaign. First, Andy Carroll's dive early on. Returning to your old club is always difficult and can be hostile. He served Newcastle well and it was a shame that he had to dive like that. As far as the referee went, he got that spot on in terms of working out that it was a dive and rightly gave him a yellow card- whatever Kenny Dalglish thought it was. And the red card for Pepe Reina was correct as well. To be honest, it is an act of frustration due to the poor run that Liverpool are currently going through from a goalkeeper who normally keeps his head held high and keeps his cool. Perch did minimally touch him and deserved the yellow card he got from Martin Atkinson but Reina put his head into the Newcastle player with the referee close by and no matter what the reaction is- he knows the rules. For a referee who likes his cards, Mr Atkinson dealt with the incidents impeccably.

In the race for promotion from the Championship, 7th versus 1st at the start of play took on each other as Blackpool entertained Southampton in the late Saturday kick-off and it was brought to life by two controversial penalty awards- one at either end- from referee Dean Whitestone. The first was to Southampton for an utterly visible dive over from Guly Do Prado when infront of the linesman he dived over when running with the ball after seeing Bob Harris, the Seasiders' left-back, in close proximity. To be fair to the referee, it was the linesman that flagged for the penalty giving the referee advice which unfortunately he had to take being further away from the incident. Justice you could say was done in the end when Billy Sharp's tame effort from twelve yards was saved. At the other end not long after, another penalty given which was poorly judged by match officials. This time Taylor-Fletcher received a clip on his heels just outside the box- this was ignored- before he fell over Morgan Schneiderlin in the box and got a spotkick. Never a penalty. The Southampton player did nothing illegal and couldn't get out of the way. The foul for me was outside the box initially. The ref didn't signal advantage therefore we assume he hadn't seen the clip outside the box where he should have given a free-kick- pulling play back.

The massive second against third in the Championship- West Ham vs Reading at Upton Park- had little controversy in terms of refereeing decisions or incidents of any description. As far as the penalty kick went, Reading deserved to get a bit of fortune and to be honest this could have gone either way. Chris Foy gave the penalty- I would have been happy to see it go either way because it could have. In the defence of the referee, he was in a perfect position and has seen a rash tackle go in and a high challenge from Abdoulaye Faye on Noel Hunt. He is an experienced defender and with an experienced Premier League referee in charge you should know he isn't going to miss things like that. Clumsy piece of defending which ultimately deserved to be punished with the award of a penalty against it.

In Scotland, we know that Celtic have to wait another week for the title. Thanks to the 2-1 win for Rangers at Motherwell. Only one incident to bring to your attention from the clash at Fir Park where Iain Brines- standing in for Craig Thomson as referee- booked Sone Aluko for diving. I think the referee got this spot on in not giving a spotkick as he looked to escape the goalkeeper who made no contact with him at all. I am sick of players doing this and this is what I want to see from officials more often. Action taken was a yellow card which I couldn't agree more with.