Millwall don't get big decisions from referees, claims Dunne

© Edmund Boyden
© Edmund Boyden

ALAN Dunne revealed his frustration at a string of key refereeing decisions that have gone against Millwall in recent weeks after the Lions' 1-0 defeat to Leeds United.

Stephen Warnock scored the Whites' winner from the penalty spot after Dunne brought down Ross McCormack, who had previously been denied by David Forde from 12 yards in the first-half.

And while the right-back had few complaints about the decision that went against him, Dunne was adamant that defender Sam Byram deliberately handled his header in the area just minutes later.

He told NewsAtDen: "McCormack came from the blind side so, as I went to clear the ball, he nipped in front of me and, playing at Elland Road, there was always half-a-chance it was going to be given.

"But down at the other end we had a penalty turned down that was blatant as anything I have ever seen in my whole career. Mark Beevers was going to tap it in.

"We don't get the big decisions. At Middlesbrough last week, even though we won, Benik Afobe was knocked down and that was just as blatant. I don't know what it is with us.

"It is frustrating – it happens away from home and it happens at The Den. We had chances to score and obviously it was disappointing that we lost, but we showed a lot of grit and determination."

Millwall were also aggrieved that Warnock's high tackle on winger James Henry, which boss Kenny Jackett believed could have resulted in a serious injury, went unpunished.

Dunne said: "It did not look good. It could have been a leg-breaker and the boy should have been sent off. I am sure if that was me I would have been given a red card, without a shadow of a doubt."

The Lions are back in Championship action on Tuesday night when they welcome struggling Wolves to South London and Dunne says it is crucial they get their home form back on track.

"Wolves are not having a great season and they have had a rough time of it lately," he said. "But we haven't been great at The Den so it's a big game for us and we have to bounce back."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

10 thoughts on “Millwall don't get big decisions from referees, claims Dunne

  • March 4, 2013 at 10:37
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    It's not good that we have a victim mentality!

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  • March 4, 2013 at 11:36
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    But we all know its true!!!!

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  • March 4, 2013 at 11:56
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    No one likes us, we don't care? I think our minority morons don't help the club when they chuck bottles etc at the officials & consequently they hold that against us, always have & always will. We have to accept that.

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  • March 4, 2013 at 11:59
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    We all know the reaction when we tell anyone which club we support. Referees are only human, so it goes without saying they're going to have the same pre-conceived ideas about us.

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  • March 4, 2013 at 14:06
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    This is whats to be expected we are Millwall it aint gona stop either we are near the drop zone my friends right where they want us, i don't want to it to sound like a conspiracy, but we really need to start scoring goals they cant do anything about, think the FA should watch these refs and officials and make sure the decisions are fair, teams are told by there managers go down in and around the box because they know whats going on, they also know that we don't get many free kicks around the box and in side, we do get 1 or 2 decent refs per season it's not good enough. so that's it in a nutshell we need to start putting our chances away early, because we wont get nothing from the ref. what will get to these people more than anything else is our survival in the Championship COYL.

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  • March 4, 2013 at 17:28
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    Glad someone finally said it though , only been waiting 20 years.

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  • March 4, 2013 at 21:14
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    You know I don't rate dunney one bit, but how right is he ? I can't add too much to what he's said cause he's covered all the footballing side of it, but what I will add, again, is Bottlegate, what's happening ? Mr racist gets tried and tested as quick as you like - and rightly so -
    but as usual the fa will make the officials give us nothing and when we're on our knees they will pounce on us. Here's a prediction for you
    Millwall get relegated and fa fine us and hit us hard over the sky racism report.
    Millwall stay up and fa give us a slap on the wrist with a couple yr suspended fine, and give us a pat on the back in regards to the sky racism report.
    Mud sticks, and no one likes us blah blah blah
    Can't remember anything different to be honest, when we're getting promoted or having a day out at wembley or Cardiff it doesn't even cross our minds or the officials. When we're doing no good on and off the pitch everybody remembers it and jumps on the wagon. I have never shied away from telling anyone that I'm a millwall supporter and sometimes I take my time telling them just to see the surprise on their faces, it's priceless, as is my club.
    Forget crying over the officials, it won't ever change unless we change our attitudes but by doing that there'll be 3 wally teams in south London and 3 don't fit.

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  • March 5, 2013 at 08:13
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    I agree with all the comments that we don't get anything from refs, and a lot if this is due to incidents off the pitch, and our reputation.
    But, we need to stop putting ourselves in the situations where a ref can change the game. Stick the ball in the back of the net when we get our chances, and stop making silly challenges, stay on our feet and put pressure on. Don't back off into the area, these are all things that we can do to help ourselves.
    So lets stop this victim attitude and concentrate on getting some results off the back of some good performances, lets start tonight with wolves, pull away from trouble.

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    • March 5, 2013 at 09:58
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      Again agree with above, but we cannot make excuses for stupid challenges. Woolfords was a rush of blood and he held his hands up. Dunnes was just plain bad defending, you cannot make rash challenges in the box these days, even if it is a good tackle forwards fall over. So although the refs. reputation regarding us stands out a mile, he had no choice but to give two penalties. Regarding the handball it was a stone bonkers penatly, but you get some of them and some you dont. We have to be disciplined at the back, and not give the refs a chance to influence the game. Lastly Dunne should look at his positional sence and tackling before whinging at the refs.

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  • March 5, 2013 at 15:57
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    i completely agree that we should have had the penalty but we cant complain about the two given against us, i was surprised Woolford wasn't carded for his challenge and as for Dunne's it was plain bad defending and a challenge like that is just asking for a penalty. I still have no idea why Dunne is on the pitch instead of A.Smith he isn't championship quality.

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