Wayne Rooney has hit out at referee, Stephen Martin, for not awarding his side a penalty late on in their 2-1 loss to Blackburn Rovers.

The loss leaves Rooney and Derby County just four points above the relegation zone with four games to play. Rotherham – who are below Derby in the league – have three games in hand on the Rams which could cause Rooney and his side even more stress.

“I’ve seen the replay and it’s the most clear penalty you could ever see. I didn’t need to see a replay. Where I was stood, the fourth official was stood right beside me, the referee’s got a great view of it, and it’s completely unacceptable, the decision to not give a penalty,” Rooney said.

“Listen, I know referees, it’s a tough job, I respect that. They get decisions wrong at times, but this one is completely unacceptable. I don’t really want to go this route, but Alan Wiley has to take action, because that is unacceptable. I’ve asked to speak to the referee calmly, I’m not going to go in shouting and rant. All I wanted is an explanation into how he can’t see it’s a penalty,” he added.

Despite his thoughts on the penalty decision, Rooney has said he thought the performance was ‘good’.

“I think performance-wise was good. We didn’t deserve to lose the game but I can’t keep sitting here and saying this. We have to start winning games and picking up points.

“We conceded two sloppy goals and it has cost us,” Rooney said.

“It is a disappointing result, and now we have to get ourselves ready for Tuesday because Tuesday (at Preston) is a must-win game.”

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