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Fulham manager Mark Hughes claimed referee Anthony Taylor was too inexperienced to handle Fulham’s 1-1 draw at Blackburn after the official allowed a controversial goal for the home side.

Rovers boss Sam Allardyce was also critical of Taylor – claiming Schwarzer should not even have still been on the pitch because of a “blatant” handball outside the box.

Hughes said: “It was a foul for their goal so we are disappointed and our performance in the second half merited a win. I don’t think the referee has had a game like this before, it’s only his second game in the Premier League.

“I just feel there’s a lot going on off the ball when you play the likes of Blackburn and you need an experienced referee to recognise that and understand what’s going on. Maybe that’s why he missed the challenge on Mark.

“I was disappointed with the award of the goal, there were two other incidents prior to that so for the referee to allow the play to continue was disappointing. In the first half we allowed ourselves to get a little bit penned in and didn’t really play our own game. Blackburn will always put the ball into the box and make it difficult for you.

“I wanted us to get the ball down, move it quickly and play our game rather than Blackburn’s, and we did so and scored a great equaliser. It was another away point and we are still unbeaten so we are pleased.”