Sheffield Wednesday manager Gary Megson blasted a poor refereeing decision which he felt denied his side a much-needed victory as they were pegged back in a 1-1 draw at Dagenham.

Gary Teale`s glancing header had given the Owls a half-time advantage, but Daggers levelled from the penalty spot after Darren Potter was controversially adjudged to have handled in the area by referee Steve Rushton.

Megson said: "It wasn`t a penalty. I don't know where the lad's supposed to put his hands, it was a joke."

He added: "Unless the rules have changed, the manager isn't supposed to talk to the referee at half-time, least of all put their arm around them and walk for about 40 yards telling him `I'm not happy with this, that and the other`.

"We told the referee at the time, `we know what he's doing, we can see what he's doing and it's against the rules`.

"The standard of officiating was pathetic. I thought it was as bad a performance from a group of officials as I've ever seen. It`s pathetic, it`s not on and I'll be reporting the referee. We should have won.''

The Owls made the breakthrough 17 minutes in when Michael Morrison's long throw was glanced on by Teale and the ball crept agonisingly past goalkeeper Tony Roberts.

The home side were denied an equaliser on the stroke of half-time, with Jon Nurse penalised for a foul on goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell as the pair contested Damien McCrory's deep cross. The home side did level after 79 minutes, with Potter coming close to a winner at the death.

Dagenham manager John Still said: "We did most of the attacking without giving their goalkeeper too much trouble. I thought they defended fantastically well, I thought their work ethic was very good, but Sheffield Wednesday have come to Dagenham & Redbridge and played 4-5-1.

"They played 4-4-2 against Southampton last week and I think it just shows the measure of what we're creating at the moment."

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