Dean Smith has slammed refereeing in the EFL and insisted Aston Villa should have been awarded a penalty against Brentford.
Neal Maupay stung Villa in stoppage time to ensure Smith’s first return to Griffin Park ended on a sour note as Villa blew another chance to make up ground on the play-off pack.
But Smith used his post-match press conference to vent at referee Gavin Ward for not awarding Villa a penalty prior to Maupay’s winner.
Tammy Abraham went down under a challenge but Ward wasn’t interested and waved play on despite the on-loan Chelsea striker’s protests.
Albert Adomah and Conor Hourihane also missed gilt-edged chances for the claret and blues, who have now won just twice in 12 Championship matches.
Smith said: “The big chances fell to us tonight and we’ve missed them. We should have had a penalty as well.
“We’ve had a few of them as well. This season the refereeing has been pathetic at times.
“We’ve seen it ourselves. We should have had a penalty against Sheffield United, should have had the second goal (disallowed against Sheffield United) and again tonight.”