Grayson questions 'average' ref

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Leeds boss Simon Grayson took a swipe at referee David Webb after Pompey's late fightback pegged his side back to a 3-3 draw.

Grayson was unhappy that a decent shout for a late spot-kick, when Ibrahima Sonko appeared to clip Ross McCormack in the box, was waved away by the official.

While neither manager was particularly pleased with the referee, the Leeds boss found the result harder to take after Pompey's late leveller.

He said: 'It's frustrating that we were 2-0 and then 3-1 up and still didn't win the game.

'Ross McCormack had a stonewall penalty turned down.

'I asked the referee why he hadn't given it and he just said it wasn't a penalty. It was a big decision.

'I thought the referee was very average for both teams.

'Our fans are very knowledgeable and they don't give the referee stick without a reason.

'I'm not going to say he was a bad referee, but I agree with them.'

Opposite number Steve Cotterill felt Leeds certainly had a good shout for the penalty, admitting he would have been screaming for it had it been at the other end.

The Blues boss said: 'If it was outside the box, it would have been a free-kick. If we hadn't got that, I would have been disappointed.

'But we had one like that against Millwall and didn't get it, so we will take it this time.'

He added: 'Early on, I didn't think we got the rub of the green from the referee.

'However, I think he evened it up in the second half because Leeds didn't get the rub of the green with a few decisions.

'I don't know the ref's experience – I hadn't seen him before.

'I bet there was a more experienced ref taking charge of a game in front of 10,000 somewhere.

'Is that the way we want to go?'

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