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St. Johnstone coach unpleased with Aberdeen's penalty: 'I’m baffled'

Sat 26 December 2020 | 19:04

St. Johnstone manager Callum Davidson was discontent with the penalty-kick granted to Aberdeen during his team's 2-1 loss

The Saints

got in front with a

Liam Gordon

header, however, Sam Cosgrove's questionable penalty and a second-half goal from Ash Taylor turned the game in favor of the

Dons

, with the guests' substitute Callum Hendry shipped off in the final minute of the game. 

The official Alan Muir ruled an inside the box foul just before the end of the first-half when Cosgrove went down under Jamie McCart's strong challenge, with Davidson despondent of the decision. 

“I’m baffled as to what the penalty was given for. There’s no tug, no pull. If somebody falls to the floor in the box, for me it has to be a definite incident." said the 44-year-old coach.

“We were comfortable in the game right up to that point, and it changes the game massively in Aberdeen’s favour.

“The sending off was a sending off. He’s already been booked and he goes in for the tackle. It’s a bookable offence, so that’s it.

“We’ve now lost players to sending offs in three successive games which is disappointing with Callum, Michael O’Halloran and Jason Kerr, and for me that’s not good enough.

Aberdeen manager

Derek McInnes

was similarly baffled with the penalty verdict.

“I’m as frustrated as Callum is going to be because I think it’s such a soft penalty to be given, but the penalty should have been given for the handball before that." said McInnes.

“It was tough out there for both sets of players. There’s no real enjoyment from the game, the enjoyment comes from the result, and it’s about doing all you can to get the result.

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“It’s unfair to criticise the play when it’s as wild as that. You see how hard the pitch is with the ball bouncing over Joe Lewis from that kind of distance. We created that goal for them with untidy play and a needless free-kick.

“We asked the boys at half-time to be a bit more pragmatic and we scored a set play ourselves, and I thought we were the better team in the second half. The players really responded and dug deep to get the win.”

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