Blackburn Rovers manager Owen Coyle was left fuming by decisions he decribed as 'beyond belief' as Sheffield Wednesday snatched a 2-1 victory over his side at Hillsborough.
Vincent Sasso scored twice for Wednesday either side of a Sam Hutchinson own goal to give the Owls all three points but it was events in a dramatic final few minutes which left Coyle lambasting the match officials.
Substitute Marvin Emnes rifled a shot off the underside of the crossbar, the ball bouncing out and cleared but Coyle insisted that the ball had crossed the line. Then moments later, Rovers had a goal disallowed when Hope Akpan was adjudged to have handled the ball before firing past Keiren Westwood.
In the resulting protestations, Akpan put his hands on referee Scott Duncan and was sent off.
Coyle maintained that Blackburn, who slipped to second bottom and beneath Wigan on goal difference after the defeat, had scored 'three good goals' and felt they were 'the better side'.
The Scot also bemoaned a tackle by Sam Hutchinson which he says left Sam Gallagher needing 12 stitches to his knee. Hutchinson was booked for the challenge.
"We don't control what decisions are given and the stuff that went against Blackburn Rovers tonight was beyond belief.
"Sometimes you can take an odd decision here and there, but for three or four huge decisions to be given against the football club, I thought it was beyond belief."
On the Emnes effort which struck the woodwork, Coyle added: "It is not a question, the ball is clearly over the line, I knew in real time and I have seen it back, the ball is clearly over the line. The linesman that has not seen how clearly that is over the line has then deemed - when Glenn Loovens has headed the ball off Hope Akpan's chest - he has deemed that to be a handball. We have scored three good goals tonight, but that has resulted in only one being awarded.
"Followed on from the fact that young Sam Gallagher is sat in there with 12 stitches across a deep gash on his knee that was punished with a yellow card. It is hard to take because of how well the players played tonight and how much the players put into the game. To come to Sheffield Wednesday, who have invested absolute fortunes in their team, anybody there tonight I would suggest would have preferred Blackburn Rovers as the better team."