Wayne Rooney fumes at referee decision in Sheffield Wednesday's win over Derby County

Derby County interim manager Wayne Rooney took aim at referee Matt Donohue and his officials after his side fell to a 1-0 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday.

Saturday, 2nd January 2021, 6:00 am

The Rams’ boss, who watched on as his side wasted a host of chances in the first half and lost out to a Callum Paterson header, was clearly frustrated with an Owls win that saw the home side leap out of the relegation zone for the first time this season.

Rooney was appalled with the decision to let a possible Kadeem Harris handball go deep into injury time. The ball had been struck at him at close range and Donohue signalled straight away that he felt it wasn’t handball.

“It's clear that it was a penalty,” Rooney said. “The fourth official has clearly seen it's a penalty.

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Derby County interim boss Wayne Rooney was not pleased with a refereeing decision that denied his side a penalty in their 1-0 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday.

“I'm asking why there's no communication between the fourth official and the referee.

“The referee can't see everything. I get that. But it's disappointing that they didn't give it."

Wednesday rode their luck in an all-Derby first half. Rooney said his players may have found the game ‘too easy at times’.

He said: “I thought we started the game brilliantly in the first 30 minutes. We controlled the game and had some very good chances.

“When you fail to take your chances then you always leave an opportunity for your opponents.

“I felt we got a bit bored of doing the right things, found the game maybe a bit too easy at times, and we took our foot off the gas, taking more touches rather than doing the things we worked on, and it has cost us.”

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