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Groundhog day

28 January 2014

Not for the first time this season boss Gary Bowyer was left to bemoan refereeing decisions as Rovers came away from Oakwell with a 2-2 draw.

Following on from the penalty decision at Forest and the lack of one against Derby, the Rovers manager had strong claims for complaint after another controversial encounter.

After a positive start from Rovers it was the hosts who scored against the run of play, Nick Proschwitz firing home on his debut from close range.

Rovers rallied and were soon back on level terms, Tom Cairney lashing home from 25 yards. Then Rudy Gestede continued his fine goalscoring form to give Rovers a half time advantage. Yet Rovers perhaps should have had two spot kicks after Jordan Rhodes and Adam Henley were both upended in the box in the first half.

However Rovers never hit the same heights in the second half, but nevertheless when Barnsley levelled it was courtesy of a very generous decision as a penalty was awarded as Liam Lawrence went ground in the box under little, if any, pressure from Tommy Spurr. Chris O'Grady converting to leave the Rovers bench incensed.

Rovers still had chances to grab a late winner but left Oakwell frustrated at just claiming a point.

"I feel terribly sorry for the supporters who have made their way over here on a horrible night because they saw their team play some outstanding football, first half especially.

"We totally dominated the game, we conceded a goal against the run of play, but then we responded magnificently and scored two fantastic goals and after that it is groundhog day.

"I had to be careful after the Forest game, I then spoke about it again on Saturday and that one there is the worst of the lot."

The controversial decision was given by the linesman on the near side, who failed to award what Gary Bowyer felt were two penalties in the first half.

Bowyer added: "Why didn't he award Adam Henley a penalty when he went down? And why didn't Jordan Rhodes get one when he was flattened in the box? It is just not good enough.

"If you don't give those two then you don't give that one.

"We've to recover quickly, play as well as we did with the ball and get ready for Blackpool."

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