Jags boss sees red over ref’s decision
Paterson “baffled’” as scorer McKean dismissed
East Kilbride boss Alan Paterson slammed the decision to send off Scott McKean in their West of Scotland Cup defeat to Shotts.
The Thistle striker was a marked man at Hannah Park and took a few sore ones from the Shotts defence.
He scored a stunning strike to pull his side level at 1-1 just before the break but, with the Jags trailing 2-1 midway through the second half, he was given his marching orders for kicking out at an opponent.
Shotts made sure of the win in stoppage time but Paterson left the field feeling a sense of injustice.
He told the News: “I don’t like to hark on about referees but some of the decisions he made absolutely baffled me.
“It was a great cup tie for anyone who watched it but the referee made some strange calls for both teams.
“The worst one was with Scott McKean. He took a doing all day long. They kicked him all over the park because he was too quick for them.
“Scott gave their player a nip back and the guy went down like he’d been hit by a JCB.
“I thought he was going to get a booking but the ref sent him off.
“It was stupid, what Scott did, but a lot worse things happened in the game.
“That was so typical because we’d been complaining all game that he wasn’t getting enough protection from the ref and he’s the one that gets sent off.
“There wasn’t a bad foul in the game and there were only three bookings. “The ref spoiled the game.” Shotts took the lead in 33 minutes when a well-placed Danny Burns cross to the back post found the head of Maguire and he easily nodded the ball home.
The Jags pushed for an equaliser and after passing up a few chances they pulled level in 64 minutes.
Thistle played the ball from the middle of their own half, with Callum McLean taking the ball on a run before playing it into the path of McKean, who deftly curled it beyond the despairing hands of ex-Thistle keeper Murdoch.
Paterson’s men should have kicked on from there but they were level for just seven minutes.
Burns went on a run, leaving Graeme Marshall in his wake, cut in from the left and clipped the ball beyond Noble to put his team back in front.
Any hope of a comeback was undone 10 minutes from time as McKean was shown red.
Their fate was sealed in the final moments when Noble dallied in possession and Maguire stroked the ball into the empty net.
Paterson said: “It was a disappointing result for us but I wasn’t disappointed with the performance.
“It’s the best we’ve played all season in terms of the chances we created.
“Some of the football we played in the second half was fantastic.
“We’ll play worse and win this season.”
Thistle return to league business on Saturday when they travel to Blantyre Vics and Paterson revealed his side will be missing some key players.
He said: “Scott Hadden and Chris Faulds are away on holiday and now Scott’s probably going to be banned for three games so it’s not ideal.
“But we’ve got a big squad and we have a team good enough to go and win the game.
“We’ll be looking for a bit of revenge for the smash and grab they pulled in the Sectional Cup (Thistle lost their last meeting 2-1) at the start of the season so it should be an exciting game.”
Kick-off on Saturday at the KG Stadium is at 1.45pm.
Saint and sinner Scott McKean equalised for Jags but he was later sent off
Frustrated Coach Chris McColl and gaffer Alan Paterson trudge off the pitch
Agony Chris Faulds came close for Jags