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Ref leaves Coleman fuming

Accrington Stanley 0 Derby County 1

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Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

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Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

John Coleman laid into referee Jon Moss in a remarkable press conference following Accrington's FA Cup defeat to Derby, saying the officiating left him feeling "sick", "depressed" and "persecuted".

A determined, well-drilled performance meant the League One side were on top for large parts of this fourth-round clash in front of a record home crowd.

But Frank Lampard's Championship play-off hopefuls secured a win through Martyn Waghorn's late effort, having finally found their way through an Accrington side reduced to 10 men when Dan Barlaser was sent off for a second booking in the 59th minute. Derby's Jaden Bogle saw red late on but the damage was done, leaving Stanley boss Coleman raging.

"I feel physically sick, to be honest," he said. "And I mean that literally. It feels as though I want to vomit. I wanted to vomit when I saw (Derby) celebrating to the fans. Listen, everyone has got the right to celebrate, so I don't have a problem with it, it just made me feel sick because they didn't deserve it.

"Unfortunately, we've been on the end of a couple of horrendous decisions, like we did last week (against Charlton in League One). It's happened time and time and time again. The law is half an hour before (a match) you go and see the referee - the referee had scarpered into the lounge.

"I go and see him in the lounge and he throws me out. His arrogance defies belief and the more you criticise him, the more I get into trouble. And you can't win - it's just a no-win situation.

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Derby County's Richard Keogh (centre) battles for the ball. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Derby County's Richard Keogh (centre) battles for the ball. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

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"They don't want to hear what you say, they don't care that he's ruined my weekend, ruined 2,000 fans' weekend. They just move on and know that they'll get another game next weekend."

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