Derby County head coach Gary Rowett has claimed to the Derby Telegraph that the big referee calls in the match against Nottingham Forest went against them.

Rowett was hoping to ruin Nottingham Forest’s new manager Mark Warburton’s big day as he took the sideline for the first time in this East Midlands derby. However it was a disaster from the off for the Rams when Zach Clough raced through and gave Forest an early lead. However in one of many calls that would be discussed at length in the pub after the game, Bradley Johnson had his equaliser chalked off when the referee believed there was a foul on goalkeeper Jordan Smith during play.

Derby would rally and take the lead in the second half after a ten minute period saw Matej Vydra and Dave Nugent score a goal each. However Rowett would be angered once again as Ben Brereton went down in the box lightly, with him believing that they should have got a free kick for the youngster diving. Instead Forest earned a corner and Daniel Pinillos headed in for a dramatic equaliser.

After the game Rowett said:  “There were a couple of big calls for the referee,”

“The one for the goal disallowed, I couldn’t see there was that much wrong with it.”

“Then late on – and I can’t blame him because it is a local ‘derby’ but Brereton, for me, looked like he tried to buy a cheap penalty which should have been a free kick to us.”


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