Several Wycombe players were seen surrounding referee Gavin Ward, after it looked like the Chairboys had a legitimate penalty claim waved away in the 1-1 draw against QPR.

With Gareth Ainsworth's men falling behind to a first-half own goal by Jason McCarthy, an inswinging corner from Joe Jacobson at the start of the second period was headed towards goal by Josh Knight, but it looked like the ball was blocked on the goal line by a QPR arm.

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Knight, along with Jacobson, McCarthy, Jack Grimmer and David Wheeler protested with the man in the middle, with the left-back being booked for dissent.

Cries for the spot-kick continued as the match went on and it resulted in QPR nearly scoring again, when Ilias Chair’s header was saved by Ryan Allsop.

This prompted manager Gareth Ainsworth to scream at his players ‘to get their heads in the game'.

The ex-QPR caretaker manager said after the match: “I thought we lost our heads for five minutes when the penalty was not given.

“The players are not going to influence the ref’s decisions – I’ll sort that out after the game as that is my job.

“We almost conceded a sloppy goal because it was a free header which produced a really big save from Ryan Allsop, but we should not have conceded that header.

“We were out of shape and that could have cost us dear.

“I wanted Wycombe to get the points and to get what the performance deserved.

“But thankfully, we got a point.”

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After the full-time whistle, Ainsworth was seen having a long conversation with Ward in the middle of the pitch.

And even though the 47-year-old didn't give away all the details from the chat, he revealed that improvements need to be made on the standard of Championship refereeing.

Following the 1-1 draw, Wycombe are now bottom of the division.

He said: “The ref and I had a good conversation [at full-time].

“I am getting sick of speaking to referees.

“I do believe that some of the smaller clubs, not just in this league, but in the Premier League too, don’t seem to get the same decisions as the other teams, and it is frustrating.

“He [Ward] told me that his positioning was fine [for the penalty claim] but I disagreed with that.

“It is a difference of opinion – we could have argued until the cows came home but I am disappointed that we didn’t get all three points.

“I think when you’re at the wrong end of the table, things do seem to go against you.

“Maybe I am exaggerating that because we’re near the bottom, but, we need these points so desperately.

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“I have been in contact with a lot of Championship managers and I think the standard of refereeing has come into question.

“How can we make them better? How can we help them? Is VAR needed at this level?

"I wouldn’t like to be a referee, but this is a huge, lucrative league and we need to have the correct decisions being made.”