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Jewell: We should have had a top ref

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Derby manager Paul Jewell criticised the decision to appoint referee Stuart Attwell for their clash with East Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest after he controversially disallowed a late goal.

Miles Addison headed home a Nacer Barazite corner during injury time with the score at 1-1 at Pride Park but Attwell spotted an infringement inside the box and the goal was chalked off.

The controversy capped another poor afternoon for the Nuneaton official, who made a series of baffling decisions and Jewell said: "We should have had an experienced Premier League referee in there who could handle the situation."

He added: "It's a great goal. You look and Forest are not even complaining - one or two hands went up asking for something but it was a goal.

"I have never felt so aggrieved in my life, especially with the meaning of the game and what it means to the supporters, especially after the character we had shown.

"There wasn't a decision to make. If it was a 50-50 call and he had something then I understand, but it was 100% a goal - it's a great ball and great header and it feels like a loss now.

"I think the guys who do the referee's match reports must have paper aeroplanes all over their offices. If I was manager of Manchester United or Liverpool I might have more credence but I guess they think it's only Derby."

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Nottingham Forest
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