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Gaffer's first-leg verdict

8 May 2015

Speaking in the aftermath of Thursday's Sky Bet League One play-off semi-final first-leg defeat to Swindon Town, boss Nigel Clough couldn't hide his disappointment at the performance of referee Darren Bond.


The Gaffer, who felt his team gave it their all, was angered after seeing a number of game changing decisions clearly go against his side.


Reflecting post-match, he remarked: "I thought we played very well, we started excellently and created enough chances to win the tie, but ultimately the game has been decided by refereeing decisions which is always a shame.


"We should have had three penalties. The handball is blatant, then the contact on Jamie Murphy is more of a foul than the decision that is given against Matty Done for the disallowed goal.


"The final one is the worst one of all; Ryan Flynn is two footed having had a shot at goal, four major decisions went against us on the night and if they were given correctly we would have won the game comfortably."


Clough added: "It was a tiny trip for their penalty, but it is galling when he sees that one as he does but doesn't give the other three.


"But in the end we lose the game by conceding a very soft goal in the 94th minute, it was too easy and Mark Howard should have made the save.


"We have had trouble with corners all season, largely down to size, but if someone doesn't do his job properly then you will concede a goal."


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