Saunders hits out at referee

Saunders: Not happy

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Doncaster manager Dean Saunders hit out at referee Graham Scott, claiming the official cost his side victory in a 1-1 draw at Hartlepool.

Pools took the lead after 70 minutes when the official awarded a penalty after striker Steve Howard was pulled back by two defenders in the penalty area.

Neil Austin converted the subsequent penalty and although Doncaster grabbed a late leveller when skipper Rob Jones scored from close range after 88 minutes, Saunders left Victoria Park furious.

"I don't know what I can say without getting into trouble, it was an unreal decision," he said. "It's a long throw, how he gives a penalty, I don't know.

"Both players are trying to win a flick-on, you look at it and tell me. Lose games by a bit of bad luck or dodgy referee decision - that's what I've told the lads. The ref has decided to help them in the game.

"Fair play to my lads, we accepted it and scored a great goal at the end. Rob Jones showed the desire he has all season to get on the end of it."