Jones upset by refereeing decisions

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Dave Jones feels Sheffield Wednesday were let down by referee Simon Hooper

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Dave Jones feels Sheffield Wednesday were let down by referee Simon Hooper

Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones hit out at referee Simon Hooper after his side slipped to a 1-0 npower Championship defeat at Wolves.

Jones was unhappy that match-winner Bakary Sako got a second chance to take the free-kick that earned Wolves their fourth straight victory and the fact Wednesday did not get a second-minute penalty when Michail Antonio was sent tumbling by Stephen Ward.

Sako attempted to take the 43rd-minute free-kick quickly and that saw him booked by Hooper as his shot flew wide but Sako also got a second chance and this time he was on target, with his low drive whistling past the Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland for the only goal.

Former Wolves boss Jones said: "You need a bit of help along the way and the match hinged on two decisions. In my book the referee cocked both of them up. He has got to give a penalty. It is a clear-cut penalty. Antonio was clipped.

"As for the free-kick, the referee told me that he did tell the player to wait for the whistle and if he did then he made the right decision. But I have watched the video over and over again and I didn't see it. If he told the lad to wait for the whistle why did he do it?

"The rules say that if the referee has told him to wait for the whistle then he gets a second chance. I am debating whether he was told to wait for the whistle. My players didn't hear it.

"I think he (the referee) was too busy arguing with the wall to get it back. We feel hard done by and Wolves should feel lucky they came away with three points."

Wolves boss Stale Solbakken had a different view to Jones on Sako's free-kick and he felt that Hooper made the right decision.

Solbakken said: "That is a clear one. The referee says 'I have to blow the whistle'. That is why he gets the yellow card and the referee does everything right. He got that spot on - first the yellow and the goal."

Solbakken also disputed Jones' claims that Wolves were lucky to win and added: "He has seen another game to me. We were by far the best team. They did not have one chance all game."

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