A shell-shocked Uwe Rosler criticised the award of six minutes of injury-time after Leeds United threw away a 2-0 lead at Bristol City.
Rosler accused referee Gavin Ward of “getting excited” after Kieran Agard’s 89th-minute goal set up last night’s clash at Ashton Gate for a dramatic finish and an 95th-minute equaliser from City defender Aden Flint.
Leeds were moments away from a first Championship victory of the season after Mirco Antenucci and Chris Wood scored either side of half-time to give them control of the match.
Rosler, who again attacked a fixture list which is forcing Leeds to play four times in 10 days, admitted that his players should have “seen it out.”
But he added that Ward was guilty of denying United a deserved win.
Rosler said: “Everybody in the stadium got excited when they got their first goal and that included the referee. He got very excited.
“The crowd couldn’t believe it when they saw six minutes. They thought it was carnival time, another boost. A third away game in six games, my boys did terrific. I’m disappointed that we didn’t see it out but it was an honest, whole-hearted performance. Nothing should take anything away from that performance. I’m very happy and very proud.”
Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill rejected Rosler’s criticism of Ward, saying: “It should have been seven (minutes).
“I don’t care what anyone says, they were trying to kill time and they got burned. Don’t do it.”
Rosler was outspoken in his assessment of Leeds’ fixture list.
“I need to be careful what I say but at some point there will be clubs and players suing somebody because of possible injuries,” warned the Leeds head coach.