STEVEN McLEAN has been blasted by Alan Archibald and Martin Canning after last night’s 0-0 draw at the Super Seal Stadium. The game ended 0-0 but both managers used their post-match press conferences to point their finger to the man in the middle, McLean, accusing him of ‘being scared to make a decision’ following his role in the controversial match on Sunday.
Archibald, who’s side currently in 11th, felt aggrieved that his side didn’t receive a penalty, which he thought was a formality for the officials to give.
“I thought we edged it on chances, had a couple of great chances and a couple of penalty claims as well, one which was an absolute stone-waller.”
Ryan Edwards saw his shot blocked by what appeared to be Dougie Imrie’s arm and the Thistle bench were aggrieved that McLean didn’t give the spot kick.
“After watching it back it looks even worse. The handball was ridiculous. I thought the only reason he didn’t give it was because it was so close when he blasted the ball but he moved his hands like a goalkeeper towards his face. And the ref’s in a great position.”
Archibald continued and questioned whether McLean should’ve had the whistle after the high-drama at Hampden on Sunday as Motherwell beat Rangers 2-0 in the Betfred Cup semi-final. The game saw an elbow from Ryan Bowman go unpunished on Fabio Cardoso, a stamp by Bruno Alves and a clash with Cardoso on Moult all go unpunished.
“Look, I’m not battering Stevie but he had a big game on Sunday and when refs have games like that they just want to get through the next one and maybe shouldn’t be taking the game.
“He’s a good referee but I think he just wanted to get through the game because I’m in disbelief after watching it back. Dougie lifted his hands up to protect his face, I don’t think the rules allow you to do that.”
Meanwhile, Archibald’s counterpart, Martin Canning, felt that his side deserved two penalties that McLean failed to give. The first occurred when Niall Keown brought Antonio Rojano down on the edge of the box and McLean adjudged this to be outside the area, despite the protests of the Accies. Meanwhile, Greg Docherty was put down by Jordan Turnbull but McLean ruled this to have been a fair use of strength.
“I thought Antonio’s was in the box and Greg Docherty got manhandled to the ground.
“I thought he was going to give it and then looked to change his mind, I don’t know what the reason was.
“It looked a stonewall penalty and it looked to me like he had seen it as well, obviously he hasn’t given it so he must have thought there wasn’t enough in it.”
The result now leaves Hamilton Accies in 9th before they travel to Dundee on Saturday. Whilst Thistle host St Johnstone.