West Bromwich Albion defender Carl Hoefkens has backed his manager Tony Mowbray in criticising referee Nigel Miller.
The official waved play on after Hoefkens appeared to be fouled and that ultimately cost the Baggies all three points in Tuesday night's clash with Sheffield Wednesday.
Hoefkens was on the receiving end of the challenge from Wednesday striker Marcus Tudgay but saw his cries ignored as the Owls immediately scored a last-gasp equaliser. The Albion right back could only watch as former Albion midfielder and Sheffield skipper Steve Watson blasted the ball home.
Mowbray sprinted on to the pitch at the final whistle to vent his frustration on County Durham official Miller and Hoefkens said all of the Baggies team were deflated, not only by the decision on the foul but by the fact that the referee allowed six minutes of injury time, even though his fourth official had only signalled three additional minutes.
Hoefkens said: "It was a clearly a foul on me in the box. I felt I had the ball and then someone jumped into me and not in a fair way. It wasn't given and then the worst thing happened in the 96th minute."
Hoefkens believes the decision was harsh because the home side had dominated the game and looked worthy of the full three points.
He said: "I think Sheffield Wednesday are one of the best sides I have seen play at The Hawthorns this season but I also think we had the better of them all over the pitch in the second half. We had endless chances and didn't give much away."
Hoefkens said the team were hoping that striker Kevin Phillips, who was carried off near the end of the game after injuring his knee, would be back in contention for Monday's trip to Coventry City at the Ricoh Stadium.
"Unfortunately we lost Kev but while he was on, we just played the ball and then we had them chasing," said Hoefkens. "Then the pressure came and they scored deep into stoppage time.
"I don't know when Kev will be ready but I hope he will be soon. He always wants to play and won't stay out for long. He is such as important player for us and provides so many goals."