Rival boss points finger at referee over Rotherham United penalty incident

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Nigel Clough
FUMING opposition boss Nigel Clough slammed the referee after Rotherham United's 1-0 win at Burton Albion.

The Millers moved into a League One play-off spot yesterday by beating the Brewers but were lucky in the second half when man in the middle Nick Kinseley ignored home shouts for a spot-kick when Richard Wood felled Scott Fraser

"If we don't get that penalty given, I can't see us getting one all season," Clough complained to the Derby Telegraph.

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"I think he was the poorest referee we've had in a long time, unfortunately. You don't need pictures. Everybody in the ground knows it's a penalty."

Clough, who was planning to confront Kinseley before the official left the Pirelli Stadium, says Burton will raise the issue with the refereeing authorities.

"We'll speak to the head of referees and say how disappointed we are with it all," he said. "There's nothing else we can do about it.

"Sometimes it doesn't really affect the game too much, but today the referee's display affected the result. We'll give him bottom marks. That's what he deserved today."

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Rotherham boss Paul Warne, whose side now have two weeks without a league match because of postponements against Bury and Portsmouth,  claimed he didn't see the incident.

The sixth-placed Millers have won all three of their away matches this season - two in the league and one in the Carabao Cup.

Clough described the Millers as one of the best sides in the third tier.

"It was another very hard match, I was very pleased with the performance," he said after a first-half own goal settled the contest.

"I don't think we did too much wrong in the whole game against one of the top teams in the division.

"Certainly today there were several refereeing decisions that were highly questionable."