We've seen Tony Mowbray irked by the ineptitude of a referee on many an occasion during his stint at Blackburn Rovers manager but never quite as animated as he was with Gavin Ward on Saturday.
The referee had already made two questionable decisions in the contest when he intervened in a passage of play, Joe Rothwell collected the ball to initiate an attack and Ward blew his whistle to award a drop-ball in Preston North End's favour.
Mowbray was incensed, chewing the ear of the fourth official in sheer disbelief at what had unfolded. Ward then proceeded over to the touchline a few seconds later to caution the Rovers manager, which prompted him to launch a water bottle behind in a fit of rage.
While it's not in Mowbray's nature to act so aggressively - especially when confronting officials - his antics did spark a roar from the Blackburn End, enthused by their manager's passion.
And as Ward continued to make blunder upon blunder, the 18,437 supporters inside Ewood Park were not afraid to make their feelings known as Mowbray adopted a more reserved stance in the second-half.
With the crowd urging their team on for every throw-in won, tackle made and clearance executed, Rovers fought valiantly to ensure they numbed a toothless Preston outfit and secure victory courtesy of Ben Brereton Diaz's sublime header.
"I feel my personality is just football-related and I don't like incompetence really," said Mowbray on his yellow card. "That's not me saying the referee was incompetent, I'm saying I don't like incompetence in general.
"That was just a ridiculous decision, it was beggars belief. I did speak to the referee at half-time before we came off the pitch and he was fine, he apologised and admitted he probably got it wrong.
"At that moment he felt they had possession of the ball and yet everybody in the stadium could see Joe Rothwell was about to pick it up and run away with it. He blocked Rothwell off! Then he give them the ball, which was incredible to be honest.
"It's not my nature to be a ranting idiot, unless it's at my players and the team, not the officials. It was a derby game. Partly in my head and in my stomach I'm thinking we have to engage the crowd and the manager showing some emotion on the sideline can engage with supporters sometimes and I felt the team needed some help.
"If any of that helps the crowd get up for it, they were paying attention to the referee as well. It gets them wrapped up in the game and the crowd have to be wrapped up in the game to help these younger players.
"They have to cheer every time we charge forward, every time Travis smashes into a tackle they have to cheer. You need the crowd to help this team continue to push on."
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