Steve McClaren reckons they were robbed after Jake Buxton was sent off in their Capital One Cup clash against Chelsea.
The Blues were leading 2-1 just before Buxton was shown a red card for holding Loic Remy in a goal-scoring opportunity as viewed by the linesman who made the referee send the Derby player off.
However, McClaren thinks the decision was appalling and feels the red card affected their momentum.
“They grew into the game, got better, and once we got the goal we were in the ascendency and the momentum was with us, and we’ve been robbed, really, by a ridiculous decision,” he said.
“I’ve watched it over and over and the foul is actually by Remy on Buxton because Buxton was ahead of him and you just see he pulls his left arm out of the way which gets him in front. Then [Lee] Grant is coming out and Remy isn’t appealing for the foul but for handball outside the box which we thought was the decision.
“It’s unbelievable to see that Buxton was sent off. We’ve talked nice and calmly about it with the officials and I just said ‘from that distance and angle you can’t see what Remy did, we understand that, but the decision is wrong’.”
“It’s cost us the game, it’s huge. You can’t win with 10 men – it’s difficult enough with 11, but I’m so proud of the players. They were fantastic tonight.”
Written by Thinkfootballideas staff