Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal was left bemoaning referees once again as his side lost 2-0 to Derby County at Pride Park.
While last week Carvalhal was criticised for perhaps using match officials as an excuse following a poor defeat to Bolton Wanderers, this time he had more of a point as a battling display by ten-man Wednesday reaped nothing thanks to a bad call from referee Scott Duncan.
Wednesday saw skipper Glenn Loovens sent off in the fourth minute after knocking down Matej Vydra in the box - a decision Carvalhal had no complaints with - and fell behind when Vydra slotted in the spot kick.
Bradley Johnson doubled the lead late on to add a flattering gloss to the scoreline in a game in which Carvalhal’s side showed all of their battling qualities and were unfortunate not to have gained at least a point.
However they may have done just that had Duncan saw fit to punish Craig Forsyth who appeared to push Steven Fletcher in the box in the first half yet Duncan was unmoved in the claims for a penalty.
Carvalhal said afterwards: This is the fourth game in a row have had decisions against us.
“This is making us lose points. In Birmingham we had a clear onside, against Leeds a clear onside against Kieran Lee, last week at Bolton we had the unbelievable decision against Kieran Lee that at minimum will achieve one point.
“Today we are losing 1-0 from a situation with a penalty and a red card - I will not talk much about that because I think it seemed like a penalty and a red card - our players fought a lot even with ten players, we could score goals.
“When we get that (Fletcher/Forsyth) situation it makes a massive impact, we could achieve 1-1 and the game will be more divided because it’s 10 against 10.”
Carvalhal added: “The worst thing is the referee said to Fletcher that he saw (Forsyth’s) hand on his shirt but he should stay up.”
Carvalhal was delighted by the response of his players after a difficult week, following that defeat to bottom club Bolton and felt that the performance offfered encouragement.
“Our attitude was very good,” he added. “We gave a strong sign we wanted to win the game. When our fans applaud our team at the end after a defeat we are preparing something good for the future.”
Wednesday are now 15th in the Championship table - five points off the top six and six points off the bottom three.