Derby boss fuming with referee after loss at Millwall

© Craig Mattock

NIGEL Clough criticised the performance of referee Darren Drysdale after Derby were narrowly beaten 2-1 by Millwall at The Den.

Clough was left bemused at the officials' decision to allow Liam Feeney's opening goal to stand after it had initially been ruled out for offside.

The Rams boss also felt his side should have had two penalties but criticised Craig Bryson after his error led to Andy Keogh's winning strike.



"I've had no explanation, none at all," said Clough, referring to Feeney's goal. "The players are not privy to the conversation between the linesman and the referee.

"I saw the assistant give offside and keep his flag up, but the referee has gone over and changed the decision. Why he did that, I don't know.

"The lad who scored didn't look offside so we presume it's for Keogh in the middle. Once he makes an active attempt to get the ball, it affects our defenders.



"He went for the ball. [I don't know] whether he touched it or not, but he must have been very close.

"We should have had two penalties – one at the end and one in the first-half. It happens sometimes and we can't control that.

"We can control our own performance which was a little disappointing in the first-half, but we were still entitled to go in on level terms because of the disputed goal or the penalty.

"I thought we were excellent in the second-half but a mistake has given them the second goal. Craig should be kicking the ball into another part of London, not shielding the ball out. I don't know why players do it."

Conor Sefton

(@ConorSeftonNAD)

4 thoughts on “Derby boss fuming with referee after loss at Millwall

  • November 10, 2012 at 20:22
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    Sour grapes brigade

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  • November 10, 2012 at 20:56
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    A manager out of his depths... No progression after a few years in the job now and you can see why.

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  • November 10, 2012 at 21:02
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    If shoe was on the other foot he would be saying our forward never touched it and the player who was onside scored, the ref got it right

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  • November 12, 2012 at 11:31
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    Oh Nigella Clough, surely you know the offside rule by now? Feeney wasn't offside and the lino should have waited before he put his flag up!!!! That's why the referee talked to him. If it had been Derby, you wouldn't have screamed like a girl!!!!!!!! You only had three shots on our goal and didn't deserve anything from the game anyway, BAD LOSER!!! Credit where it's due, and it's very rare we get anything from referee's.

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