Michael Dawson showcased his passion towards Nottingham Forest with a passionate rant at the match officials during Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat to Bournemouth.
Kieffer Moore’s goal seven minutes from time sent the Cherries back to the Premier League; leaving Forest to settle for a place in the play-offs.
It remains to be seen who the Reds will face over two legs and all will be revealed after this weekend’s game against Hull.
The game hinged on a decision in the 41st minute. Stuart Attwell was all set to award Sam Surridge a penalty after Mark Travers had hauled him down but the assistant referee had raised his flag.
Replays showed that Surridge was onside and that Forest had been robbed of a penalty kick.
Dawson wasn’t happy and afterwards, he spoke with disappointment that Forest hadn’t been given what they deserved during the game.
He told Sky Sports: “It’s a hard job being a match official. It’s why we wanted VAR in the Premier League and it’s why we want it in the Championship. I believe that.
“This is a massive game. This is life-changing; it’s a defining moment in the season because Forest in the first half were better than Bournemouth.
“If they go in at 1-0 it’s a completely different game. They had two big opportunities and that’s a really big opportunity that’s been taken away from them. It’s clearly onside and it’s clearly a penalty.”
Dawson shows passion towards Forest and he’s dead right
It’s about time something was done about the standard of officiating. It is a thankless job but at the top level, it’s nothing short of ridiculous.
Attwell and his assistant robbed the Reds of a chance to go ahead in a huge game last night and an apology simply won’t cut the mustard.
More needs to be done to improve the standard of officiating at the professional level in England. Each week it seems that clubs are getting robbed of huge decisions with livelihoods at stake.
Dawson spoke from the heart after Forest’s defeat. He would dearly love to see the Reds back in the Premier League and now they have to focus on the play-offs.