Jags boss sees red over ref’s de­ci­sion

Pater­son “baf­fled’” as scorer McKean dis­missed

East Kilbride News - - MOTORS - Paul Thom­son

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.

Pics: Karen M Scott

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

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