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PREMIERSHIP REWIND: WRIGHT AGREES WITH SAINTS’ DOUBLE RED, McINNES ADMITS HE ‘WAS LOOKING FOR BETTER’

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ST JOHNSTONE boss Tommy Wright AGREED with referee Kevin Clancy to red card two of his players in the stormy 1-1 draw with Aberdeen at McDiarmid Park yesterday.

Murray Davidson and Callum Hendry were both dismissed as the Perth outfit hung on grimly for a point.

Wright, speaking to Sky Sports News, said: “When you show that spirit, I think you deserve a wee bit of luck. It is a deserved point, too. I am really pleased for the players.

“I would have liked to have done it with 11 on the pitch, but, unfortunately, we didn’t do that. The red cards are correct decisions.

“Murray was unlucky. TV will slow it down and it looks really bad for him, but anybody who has played the game will know that the Aberdeen player has nicked the ball and he’s just late.

“Because of where he has caught him, the referee has made the right decision. The Callum Hendry one, there was a clear foul on Matty Kennedy before that, but the referee doesn’t see it. Callum’s blood was boiling over that then he made a horrendous decision.”

Dons gaffer Derek McInnes added: “We have always been good in previous seasons of showing our experience, know-how and quality to see the game out. I am disappointed we didn’t do that.

“After our first-half performance, I was looking for better. The game turned bizarre with the red cards, but ultimately it was a mistake from us for their equaliser, as good a finish as it was by the boy.

“It was just far too easy. I am disappointed with that. I need to say, in the second half, we did ourselves in from a winning position, but how that penalty isn’t given in the first-half is incredible. It is a penalty every day of the week and I don’t understand why none of the four officials could see what we have all seen.”

Top scorer Sam Cosgrove gave the Pittodrie outfit an early lead and, after being denied a spot-kick moments later, the visitors looked in control until Wright’s men rallied.

Kennedy struck the home side’s leveller with 19 minutes remaining, but they were forced to dig in following the orderings-off, just three minutes apart.

The point was not enough to lift Saints off the bottom of the Premiership, where they are now level with Hamilton Accies, St Mirren and Hearts, and third-placed Aberdeen missed the opportunity to pull further away from Motherwell.

Dons stalwart Andrew Considine was handed the captain’s armband on the occasion of his 500th appearance for the Dons and was afforded a guard of honour by his team-mates just before kick-off.

 

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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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