Jackett bemoans referee's performance in Wednesday defeat

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KENNY Jackett accused referee Mick Russell of being easily influenced by the Hillsborough crowd during Millwall's 3-2 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday.

The Lions were on course for a point until Owls defender Miguel Llera struck a last-gasp winner – and his second goal of the game – to give the home side a dramatic victory.

But Jackett felt the free-kick from which the winning goal was scored had been wrongly awarded by Russell, who penalised defender Karleigh Osborne's challenge on Chris O'Grady.

Osborne had previously been pulled up for foul on goalkeeper Chris Kirkland just as striker Andy Keogh was heading the ball into an empty net.

"I didn't think it was a free-kick for the winner," Jackett said afterwards. "I thought it was a fair challenge. I also thought the referee penalised Osborne very quickly to disallow Keogh's header.

"There was a lot of pressure on the referee today from a very passionate crowd. Sheffield Wednesday have two very good wide men and a lot of power from free-kicks.

"It was hard for the referee but I felt he was harsh against us in the second half. There was a tide coming at us and it was one that we nearly survived.

"We played some very good football today on the break and scored two excellent goals. Barring a final ball and the referee's decisions, we could have had more."



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