Doncaster boss Ferguson launches attack on standard of officiating in League One

Doncaster Rovers

Darren Ferguson launched a scathing attack on the standard of officiating in League One after Doncaster Rovers were held to a 1-1 draw by Plymouth Argyle.

Doncaster were denied a last-minute penalty when James Coppinger was felled in the box, much to the ire of Ferguson, who heavily criticised referee Andy Baines .

“That is the most blatant penalty you will ever see,” he said. “There’s nothing to think about.

“It’s two incidents. The goal, he has just pulled Andy Butler to the floor.

“The linesman can see it and the linesman can see the penalty. He is looking right at it.

“We’re just getting poor officials. The job is hard enough as it is. Do your job and clearly give the penalty.

“It’s the clearest penalty you will see all season and their goal was a clear foul.

“The linesman is laughing at the end of the game about it. I think it’s absolutely disgusting, the standard of refereeing and of all officials.

“To not see that is a disgrace.”

Despite his rage with the referee, Ferguson felt Doncaster did not deserve to win the game.

Alfie Beestin’s first ever league goal put Rovers ahead after 37 minutes but Ryan Edwards volleyed Plymouth level in the second half.

“You hope in these games, they’re very tight, that you manage to get a result out of it and then you analyse the performance,” Ferguson said.

“I didn’t think we deserved to get any more than a draw out of it with the performance.”

On the Coppinger penalty incident, boss Derek Adams felt Plymouth had a similar complaint themselves but was pleased with the referee’s performance.

He said: “It was probably similar to the one we should have had in the second half when (Antoni) Sarcevic went down.

“We thought we had a penalty at our end, they thought they should have had one at theirs.

“In the end, the referee had a very good game today, I thought he was excellent. The officials were very good.”

Adams felt his side deserved to win the game because of their impressive second-half performance.

Argyle had the better of the chances after the break and the momentum was with them following Edwards’ equaliser.

“We just had to get up against them in the second half and put pressure on them and we certainly did that,” Adams said.

“In the second half we ran right over the top of them and should have won the game.

“The amount of chances we had was unbelievable.

“Antoni Sarcevic could have had a hat-trick.

“In the end Eddy came up with a great goal to get the equaliser and we probably didn’t want the game to finish because we were right on top of the match.”