Barnsley boss Valérien Ismaël fires at referee for 'two clear penalties' in Sheffield Wednesday derby win

Barnsley manager Valérien Ismaël was angered by refereeing in Sheffield Wednesday’s coupon-busting win over the Tykes at Oakwell.

Saturday, 20th March 2021, 8:33 pm

The Frenchman, whose side were on an incredible run of form leading into their first chance to claim their first league double over the Owls since 2009, were beaten by two Jordan Rhodes goals as the Owls breathed some life into their Championship survival bid.

Barnsley striker Carlton Morris scored late to set up a nervy finish for the Owls, who claimed their first win in eight matches and their first under new boss Darren Moore.

“For sure, we are disappointed to lose the game, especially the derby game," said Ismael. "We know what this means for our fans.

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Barnsley boss Valerien Ismael bemoaned refereeing decisions in their 2-1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.

“But we have to stay fair. Sheffield played better and deserved to win. This is the simple truth.

“You could see the fatigue and freshness was not on the pitch as we made two mistakes to concede goals. It is all concentration and we showed tiredness and it made for a difficult game.

“I have to say that even though we played bad, we should have had two penalties and we had one goal disallowed and nobody knows why when you see the pictures.”

Cauley Woodrow had a goal scrubbed out in the first half for a foul on Tom Lees.

“I have seen it again and it is never a foul. It was a big surprise for us that that goal was disallowed,” Ismaël told reporters.

“That is why even though it was not a good day, if the referee does his job, you can win the game or at least stay in the game.

“I could not see any faults (with Woodrow’s) goal. It was a surprise for us that the goal was disallowed and there were two clear penalties, no discussions whatsoever.

“But my job today is to have more of an overview of the situation. The way we have performed since Chelsea, we have played a lot of games every three days and the guys perform at a very high level and we are very proud of the performance.”