FURIOUS Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones branded referee Darren Deadman’s decision to allow Sam Baldock’s controversial last-minute equaliser an “absolute disgrace”.
Bristol City striker Baldock lashed home from close range after Chris Kirkland spilled a cross to cancel out Jermaine Johnson’s first-half opener.
At the final whistle, Jones and his backroom staff confronted Deadman on the pitch as Wednesday were denied back-to-back Championship victories in their battle to avoid the drop.
The Owls boss believes the goal should not have stood, claiming Marvin Elliott impeded Kirkland in the air.
“It’s an absolute disgrace,” he said. “The lad [Marvin Elliott] has fore-arm smashed my goalkeeper. It is a simple free kick, put the ball down and play it out.
“Anywhere else on the pitch and it is a foul. He (Darren Deadman) can’t miss it. The linesman can’t miss it. He got it wrong.
“We should have dealt with it. We allowed them to put the ball into the box too many times. We should have seen it out.”
It is not the first time Jones has complained about the match officials this season. He was also unhappy after the defeat at Watford.
He said: “I am just really disappointed. I can’t even say it was a bad goal to give away. The more you watch the video, the more you get annoyed with it.
“He (the referee) won’t watch it. He knows he’s made a mistake. Why he does it, I haven’t got a clue.
“Nothing can be done about it. The referee will pick up his money and he will go home and won’t give a hoot about it.”
Jones made five alterations from the side who defeated Barnsley on Easter Saturday. He was delighted with debutant Steve Howard’s performance. Jones felt he worked well in tandem with Jermaine Johnson, who was later taken off because of cramp.
“The big fellow (Howard) won everything in the air all game and we said to JJ to run in off him and the first time he did that he got his opportunity,” he said. “JJ could have got one or two more.”
Seyi Olofinjana and Stuart Holden failed fitness tests before the match, Jones confirmed. Both will be assessed ahead of the Owls clash with Blackburn Rovers this Saturday.