TONY MOWBRAY admitted he was left mystified by referee Andy Madley’s decision-making after Blackburn’s 2-2 home draw against Nottingham Forest.

The match official awarded two penalty-kicks to the visitors while the former Celtic and Hibs boss was convinced his team were denied a spot-kick following a foul on Bradley Dack.

Mowbray fumed: “Let’s be honest, the referee had a really difficult game right from the start of the match, in my opinion.

“He BAMBOOZLED both sets of fans and both benches with some of his decisions.

“We have to live with it and abide by it. I just think it was a really, really soft penalty. And if that was a penalty, why on earth wasn’t Dack’s a penalty? He was manhandled to the ground.

“These are the days I do believe referees should be accountable, answer questions, and tell us honestly what they saw and what they thought.”

Forest’s Lewis Grabban blasted his first spot-kick off target, but netted when the visitors were awarded a second. He also claimed the opener after the interval.

Adam Armstrong and Dack replied for the Ewood Park outfit who have lost just once in 10 games since returning to the Championship.

Forest boss Aitor Karanka added: “I thought we started really well and when we missed the penalty, we were down. We came onto the pitch in the second-half a little better.

“We have to be pleased with the overall performance because the spirit of the team – we keep going until the end.

“We had chances until the last second, but I think it’s a good point. The players showed a very good attitude.”


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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