Finn Harps boss Ollie Horgan has added his voice to the growing number of League of Ireland managers calling for improved communication from referees to managers after his side were on the wrong side of some controversial decisions on Monday night.
Bohemians ran out 2-1 winners in Ballybofey with the opening goal in particular the subject of debate.
Promise Omochere glanced the visitors in front in the 32nd minute after Harps midfielder Will Seymore was caught by a high foot in his own penalty area as he tried to clear from a corner. He went down, with referee Paul McLaughlin and his linesman ruling Seymore inadvertently played the Bohs man onside.
Seymore eventually hobbled off the field to be replaced by Mark Coyle.
"We felt that Promise was offside when he got the header in," said Horgan.
"Now, Will Seymore was down injured, he had to come off, but he wasn't interfering with play. I'm not sure exactly what the linesman saw.
"He called the penalty [for Bohs' second goal] as well - the referee didn't give a penalty. At the very end of the game we had huge question marks about Dawson Devoy taking the ball off the line... it may have been behind the line, and the linesman was obviously in line with that as well.
"When you're up there those decisions go your way and when they don't you get a result like that. However, we left ourselves with a mountain to climb. When Bohs are good, they are very, very good."
Drogheda United manager Tim Clancy, Waterford's Marc Bircham and ex-Drogs defender Graham Gartland have all aired their frustration with the officiating in the league this week and Horgan agreed things could be improved.
"To be fair to them, the group that are there [the referee and linesmen for the Harps-Bohs game] are quite reasonable to a degree, in that they do try to explain. I think it's the groups that don't explain is what maybe rags people.
"I have to explain here how and why we lost the game. I just think [referees] would need to explain their decisions. To be fair to Paul McLaughlin, he invited me into the changing room afterwards... others don't. I think that's where the sour taste is left, when you're basically blanked and told to go away.
"Can we blame the linesman there tonight? I'm not sure. I'd need to look back on it on the video. Did he do it on purpose? No, I don't think anyone is accusing them of doing anything on purpose.
"Tonight's crew? They're not the worst, I'll put it that way to you."
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