BURNLEY manager Eddie Howe described Junior Stanislas’ controversially disallowed goal in the 2-2 draw against Millwall as "psychological blow" for his side.
Stanislas saw his 64th-minute strike chalked off because striker Martin Paterson had been offside in the build-up – but linesman William Smallwood initially allowed the goal to stand.
It was only when referee Craig Pawson questioned Paterson's involvement in the goal that the correct decision was made, and the score remained 2-1.
Lions striker Darius Henderson went on to grab a stoppage-time equaliser and Howe was left furious at the officials.
"It was a real killer blow for us," Howe said in his post-match press conference.
"I thought we were 3-1 up for a good period of time, certainly the players felt the same way and the crowd did as well.
"I’ve never seen decision like that in football in all my life.
"It was very cruel on us because mentally you think you’re 3-1 up with a two-goal cushion, the game’s potentially over.
"So to then have to play the game out knowing there was only one goal in it was a psychological blow for us."