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Gillingham manager Justin Edinburgh hits out at referee Nigel Miller after Doncaster Rovers draw

Justin Edinburgh blamed referee Nigel Miller for giving Doncaster a route back into Saturday’s game.

The Gills boss was seething at the final whistle after Mr Miller awarded Doncaster a 75th-minute free-kick which the hosts scored from.

Doncaster were trailing 2-0 before Cameron Stewart planted the set-piece past Stuart Nelson and soon after they levelled for a share of the points.

Frustration for Gills after Doncaster's controversial goal in the 75th minute Picture: Barry Goodwin
Frustration for Gills after Doncaster's controversial goal in the 75th minute Picture: Barry Goodwin

Edinburgh, risking a Football Association reprimand, said: “Again we are talking about the person in the middle who refereed the game, who allowed Doncaster back in the game.

“It was never a free-kick which they scored from and it gave them a lift. They are then back in the game only from a poor decision he has made.

“We were in control, we were absolutely superb. Yes, you can look at us and say we lost a 2-0 lead but there were decisions from last week (at Wigan) and again in this game that have cost us.

“It is disappointing because it was so close to being a complete away performance. We are suffering for poor decisions right now.

“The whole team were outstanding. Stuart Nelson didn’t have a save to make for almost 60 minutes but unfortunately the referee wants to take part in the game and gave them a free-kick which never was, which they scored from and it lifts them.”

Wigan came back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 last Thursday and Edinburgh felt decisions in that game had also proved costly.

He said: “I have had the feedback from the assessor and the first goal at Wigan should have been disallowed.

“We should have had a free-kick for the foul on Donnelly leading up to the corner.

“Again the referee has played a part in them coming back into the game, it’s as simple as that.

“Okay, that only makes it 2-1, but that is something they got not through their good play, it was a refereeing decision and it hurt us badly.”

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