DEAN Saunders had a serious case of ‘ref rage’ after claiming his Doncaster Rovers side were robbed of victory against Sheffield United.
A furious Saunders claimed a hard-fought South Yorkshire derby was too big a game for Nottingham official David Coote after watching the Blades come from two goals down to rescue an unlikely 2-2 draw at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Rovers led through Billy Paynter (penalty) and David Syers but Nick Blackman’s controversial late penalty and Dave Kitson’s last minute gave earned United a draw.
Saunders was furious about the award of the penalty, given for a foul by Andy Griffin on Joe Ironside, and was flabbergasted by Coote’s decision to send off Paynter, with Rovers leading 2-1, after a coming together with Tony McMahon.
“We played really well but the referee has done us,” raged Saunders.
“The game was too big for him. He’s made two terrible mistakes and it’s cost us two points that might cost us come the end of the season.
“Their penalty is a disgraceful decision, and the red card for Billy Paynter is never a red card.”