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Derby boss livid after controversial Millwall defeat

19:41 10 November 2012

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Derby County's manager Nigel Clough. Photo credit: John Walton/EMPICS

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Derby County manager Nigel Clough was furious with referee Darren Drysdale after his side were beaten by Millwall.

The Rams boss’ first gripe was with Liam Feeney’s opener.

The winger put the ball in the net at the back post after a fine Lions move, with one touch passing, only to see the assistant referee raise his flag up for offside.

The decision went against Andy Keogh, who was in the middle but Drysdale deemed the striker to be passive.

“No [I have had no explanation about Millwall’s first goal],” Clough said.

“We’re not privy to the conversation [between the referee and his assistant] and we asked the players not to approach the referee or speak to him.

“I saw the assistant give offside, he kept his flag up and insisted it was offside.

“The referee went over and changed it. Why he did that, I don’t know.

“I presume [it was against Keogh] because the lad who scored didn’t look offside.

“[Keogh] made an active go to get the ball because it affected all of the defenders around him.

“Whether he actually touched it or not, he must have been extremely close to it.”

Clough also felt his side should have had, not one but, two penalties awarded to them over the course of the game.

“I thought we should have had one at the end [when Danny Shittu appeared to bring down Theo Robinson],” the Rams boss added. “We certainly should have had one [for a foul on Paul Coutts] at the end of the first half.

“It happens sometimes. We can only control our own performance.

“We were disappointing in the first half but we were entitled to go in [at half time] on level terms because of the disputed goal or the penalty.

“We were excellent in the second half. We played some great stuff and scored a great goal and we just let ourselves down by letting in the second half goal.”

That goal came from Keogh capitalising on a Craig Bryson mistake as he tried to shepherd the ball out of play.

“I don’t understand why they do it. He should be kicking the ball over the stand into any other part of London that he can,” Clough stated.

“When you are at 1-1 against Millwall at The Den and playing for a winner, you make sure you don’t concede.”

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