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‘WE NEVER GET DECISIONS,’ CLAIMS KILLIE KEEPER

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KEEPER Daniel Bachmann insists refereeing decisions go against Kilmarnock when they face big sides.

The Austrian, who is on loan from Watford, came close to shutting out champions Celtic at Rugby Park at the weekend, but was beaten in the 90th minute following a deflected effort from Scott Brown to hand the Hoops a crucial 1-0 victory.

But Bachmann believed the Parkhead skipper might not have been on the pitch to score the goal that moved Brendan Rodgers’ side eight points clear of Rangers in the race for their eighth Premiership crown.

The goalie was upset his team-mate Kirk Broadfoot  had been shown a straight red card for a foul on Brown with 15 minutes to go in a dramatic encounter.

Bachmann felt a first-half challenge from the 33-year-old matchwinner on Greg Taylor merited the same punishment from referee Bobby Madden.

And he claimed Steve Clarke’s side and other provincial clubs always get decisions given against them by match officials when they take on Celtic and Rangers.

WHAM…Scott Brown slams the ball goalward for the winner as defender Alex Bruce tries to block his effort. Greg Taylor looks on.

The 6ft-plus shotstopper, who will face Steven Gerrard’s men in the Scottish Cup replay at Ibrox on Wednesday, also cited the six penalty-kicks Gers were awarded in the space of eight days earlier this month to back up his point.

Bachmann said: “I don’t want to talk about the red card. I have seen it again. It is hard for the referee, but there were challenges in the first-half, trust me, that were a lot worse than that.

“But it is just the same all the time we play these teams, whether it’s a penalty or a red card. It is just one of those things. We need to get used to it.

“We never get the decisions, they always go for them. Every time, it is a free-kick for them wherever on the pitch it is.

“Whenever the big sides play against us it is the same – and it isn’t just us it is against every other team, as well. It is just something we need to get used to.”

Asked about the Brown challenge on Taylor, he said: “I think the ball was gone about one second or two seconds. He just kicks him ankle high.

“It is not just against us. I need to be careful what I say here, but talk to me about six penalties in one week.

“Most teams don’t get six penalties in a season. Whether they are penalties or not, it’s a big number. Like I said, it is what it is.”

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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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