Nigel Clough disappointed by ‘poor’ Portman Road officials

FURIOUS Derby County boss Nigel Clough will highlight the ‘poor’ standard of officials in his report of his side’s 1-0 defeat at Ipswich.

Clough was left seething over how match referee David Webb and his assistant handled the aftermath of Keith Andrews’ winner on Saturday.

The Republic of Ireland midfielder headed Aaron Cresswell’s header goalwards and though James Bailey hacked the ball away, the officials eventually decided it went over the line.

But it was the reaction of the officials after the goal, with the assistant never raising his flag and the referee allowing play to go on for a matter of seconds, that had Clough raging.

He said: “Traditionally if the linesman sees it go over the line he puts his flag up. That’s always what I’ve seen in 30-odd years of football.

“There’s nothing we can do about it now, all we can do is put in the report about how poor we thought the officials were – that’s our only active recourse.”

Clough felt his side deserved a point, adding: “We’re happy with the way we played, certainly in the first half. After playing so well first half it is disappointing that we came out and conceded within seconds of the restart. That’s why we’re not keeping enough clean sheets.

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“We created a lot of chances away from home, but that’s the way we’ve been playing of late. We didn’t quite do enough to keep a clean sheet and didn’t quite do enough to score – but overall I’m happy with the general performance.”