Sam Allardyce, the West Ham United manager, expressed his frustration with referee Scott Mathieson even after his side secured a narrow 1-0 home win over Barnsley.
Allardyce was sent to the stand having protested frequently about Mathieson's decisions, believing Frédéric Piquionne and Freddie Sears could have each won penalties. He was also angry with Jim O'Brien's challenge on 17-year-old debutant Daniel Potts, which caused the West Ham manager to kick out at some plastic bottles and as a consequence he had to watch the last seven minutes behind the dug-out.
"The most disappointing thing for me was the challenge on Potts. It was reckless and dangerous. That's what flicked the red mist for me, as well as the Fredi Piquionne one, and kicking the bottles was the last straw," said Allardyce after Papa Bouba Diop had scored the game's only goal.
"The fourth official called the referee over and told him to send me to the stand. I haven't been in trouble for 10 or 12 years now, but if I am in trouble I want to know what they are going to do about those decisions. Fortunately they didn't cost us today."
Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray, meanwhile, was impressed with his players' determination after his side defeated Cardiff 3-2.
"The quality we have in the dressing room is evident," said Mowbray. "And we have only lost three games out of 21 this season so my players have shown resilience, character and spirit.
"We knew we had to match Cardiff's drive and stand our corner, but I felt like we were going to score in the second half – and thankfully we did."
With the score at 2-2, Faris Haroun scored Middlesbrough's winner late on, the midfielder chesting down Julio Arca's cross before slotting home.Reuse content