Search

Derby boss livid after controversial Millwall defeat

19:41 10 November 2012

Derby County

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

EMPICS Sport

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.”

Related articles

0 comments

Latest Sport Stories

Mauricio Pochettino has urged his player to focus and cut out the errors that have undermined their start to the season

Mauricio Pochettino says basic defensive errors are to blame for Tottenham’s slow start to the season – not their tardiness in finishing their transfer business.

Alex Pritchard has been getting up to speed in training but could be involved against Everton tomorrow

Mauricio Pochettino says Alex Pritchard has effectively been undergoing a pre-season programme after recovering from his ankle injury and could be included in tomorrow’s first-team squad against Everton.

Yesterday, 12:00
Paul Stirling of Middlesex. Pic: Matt Bright Photography

Paul Stirling is seeking a prolonged run in the Middlesex side over the coming weeks to stake his claim for a regular four-day slot.

Mauricio Pochettino:

Mauricio Pochettino has likened Tottenham’s efforts to sign a striker to falling in love and finding ‘the one’.

Most read sport

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

Shop till you drop!

Home to top name brands at great prices, TK Maxx is more like a treasure hunt than a shop. Perfect for grabbing a bargain or some hidden gems, you arm yourself with a trolley and go wild.

Scones, jam and a cup of Earl Grey anyone?

Luxury boutique hotel Flemings Mayfair has recently launched The Drawing Room, London’s most stylish location for afternoon tea.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder