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Boss rues ref decisions

5 April 2016

Paul Lambert was far from impressed with the officiating from the referee as Rovers slipped to a 2-1 loss to promotion-chasing Sheffield Wednesday.

After a goalless first half Rovers grabbed the opening goal of the game moments into the second thanks to Craig Conway's fine header.

But as the officials missed two offences that lead to Ross Wallace scoring a deflected equaliser, it then got worse for Rovers when Conway say red for a challenge on Alex Lopex.

Wednesday quickly took advantage of the extra man as Wallace grabbed his second of the game.

Rovers fought manfully to try and find a way back in the match, but they were once again left to rue what might have been.

"I thought the game was too big for the referee, I really did," said an angry Rovers boss.

"We controlled the game, I thought we were very good. In the first half we weren't really under any pressure against a team that is trying to get out of the league.

"We take the lead with a really good goal and then they equalise with a deflection. But before it it is a handball and that is the disappointing thing. Again the big calls and the big moments, he didn't get them right.

"Then there is no way it was a sending off, I've just seen it, he went through his legs. I knew it at the time and the fourth official even said it. The problem is if you appeal it you could get another game on top.

"I can't fault the lads with their play, I really thought we were unfortunate. I can't fault their effort and their commitment."


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