BLACKBURN Rovers boss Michael Appleton claimed Millwall took "cheap shots" at his players during Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final at The Den.
Speaking after the 0-0 draw, Appleton implied that referee Martin Atkinson had allowed the Lions to be overly-physical – an accusation that was rejected by his counterpart Kenny Jackett.
Rovers defender Scott Dan sustained a cut above his eye in a challenge with Rob Hulse during the first-half and Appleton was clearly unhappy with what he saw as a lack of protection of his players.
"There were a lot of tackles flying around – a couple of cheap shots which were disappointing," he said. "I think the replay on Wednesday is going to be a completely different game.
"There were a few arms flailing but that's part and parcel of the game. I'm sure Scott is big enough and bold enough to get on with it, as he did.
"As long as we get a strong referee on Wednesday, I'm sure there won't be a problem. But if there was ever a game I wanted to come out of retirement and play in, it was probably this one."
But when Appleton's comments were put to Jackett, the Millwall boss said: "I don't think so, I didn't think that was the case. I didn't think my players were like that at all, no."
Midfielder Jack Smith added: "I didn't see any cheap shots. They seemed to fall over if we breathed on them if anything."