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‘IT COULD HAVE BEEN SEVEN,’ PERTH BOSS

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ST JOHNSTONE boss Tommy Wright watched his team beat St Mirren 2-0 – and claimed they could have scored SEVEN!

The Perth outfit enjoyed back-to-back wins with second-half goals from David Weatherspoon and Matty Kennedy.

Wright’s men also squandered two penalty-kicks with Tony Watt and Liam Craig both missing from the spot against their struggling opponents.

The Irishman insisted his fellow-countryman Oran Kearney could have had no complaints had his side been thrashed by seven on the day.

He insisted: “It could have been six or seven, no disrespect to the opposition. We controlled the match.

“The first-half got a bit scrappy, but second-half we were dominant. Our keeper, Zander Clark, didn’t have a save to make.

“We looked solid and in the second-half we moved the ball well and caused them a lot of problems.”

Paisley gaffer Kearney, who took over from Alan Stubbs and gained a goalless draw against champions Celtic in his debut, is still awaiting his first win.

The former Coleraine coach reckoned referee Andrew Dallas’ decision to ignore his players’ appeals for a penalty-kick in 22 minutes proved a turning point.

Murray Davidson looked to charge into Danny Mullen in the box, but the match official opted to book the attacker for diving instead of pointing to the spot.

Kearney said: “By all accounts the penalty in the first-half was absolutely nailed on. Some of the St Johnstone players came in at half-time laughing – not in jest, but disbelief – that it wasn’t given.

“The body language of the St Johnstone players who were around there at the time told me it was a penalty.

“But those are the kind of things that go against you when you are down where we are.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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