The West Bromwich manager Tony Mowbray pointed an accusing finger at referee Graham Salisbury after his side enhanced their promotion credentials with a stylish 3-2 victory at Scunthorpe on Saturday.
Albion inflicted the Iron's first league defeat at Glanford Park in nine months courtesy of second-half goals from summer recruits Leon Barnett, Chris Brunt and Filipe Teixeira. Last season's beaten play-off finalists trailed 1-0 at the break after Andy Crosby converted a 16th-minute penalty when Salisbury deemed Carl Hoefkens' challenge on Andy Butler to be a foul.
Mowbray was disgusted with the decision and said: "For me, you just don't give penalties for what he suggested was holding. I sat and watched Newcastle play Derby live on Sky the other day and watched a player assault somebody in a bear hug and this referee has given a penalty for holding.
"I find it unbelievable but we got the points so it's not such a big issue. If you showed me a video of the game there probably would be holding, but it's nothing that you don't see in every single match all over the country and you don't get a penalty."
Scunthorpe, who lost Crosby to injury at half-time, struggled to cope with Albion after the break as defender Barnett, a £2.5m summer recruit from Luton, scored a 49th-minute equaliser. Winger Brunt, bought from Sheffield Wednesday for £3m, tapped home 11 minutes later, and Portuguese midfielder Teixeira applied the coup de grace in the 78th minute with a delightful effort which flew past Joe Murphy from 20 yards.
That ensured Martin Paterson's late strike was no more than consolation for Nigel Adkins' spirited side.
Mowbray added: "I think that justice was done in the second half and we deserved to take the points. "
Goals: Crosby pen (16) 1-0; Barnett (49) 1-1; Brunt (60) 1-2; Teixeira (78) 1-3; Paterson (90) 2-3.
Scunthorpe: Murphy, Byrne, Crosby (Iriekpen, 46), Butler, Youga, Sparrow, Goodwin, Baraclough (Taylor, 66), Hurst, Paterson, Hayes (Forte, 65). Substitutes not used: Lillis (gk), Cork.
West Bromwich: Kiely, Hoefkens, Barnett, Albrechtsen, Robinson (Pele, 90), Filipe Teixeira, Greening, Koren, Gera, Brunt (Morrison, 84), Miller (Beattie, 84). Substitutes not used: Steele (gk), Phillips.
Referee: G Salisbury (Lancashire).
Booked: Scunthorpe Goodwin, Paterson, Forte.
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