Proud of play­ers but let down by ref

“Worst decision ever”says boss

Rutherglen Reformer - - Clyde - Dou­glas Dickie

Glen­cairn boss Wil­lie Har­vey said he was proud of his play­ers de­spite a 4-1 de­feat at Neil­ston in which the Ruther­glen men fin­ished with eight men.

The Glens gaffer was left rag­ing at the of­fi­cials for a num­ber of de­ci­sions, in­clud­ing one he de­scribed as the worst he’d ever seen.

David Dun­nachie was sent-off after just 10 min­utes while Jamie Gil­martin and JC Hutchi­son fol­lowed in the sec­ond-half.

But, de­spite ad­mit­ting there had been a few ba­sic mis­takes, Wil­lie sung the praises of the men who played.

He said: “I’ve noth­ing but praise for the play­ers.

“At the end of the game we were shout­ing at them, we wanted them off the park, we didn’t want any­one sur­round­ing the of­fi­cials. We didn’t want them to let them­selves down.

“There were stupid mis­takes we made, but I was proud of them, they didn’t em­bar­rass them­selves, the fans or the back­room staff

“We could have quite eas­ily lost the plot, but they never. After the game I said we would take pos­i­tives from it.

“I was angry, but also up­beat, and you won’t hear me say that too of­ten after a 4-1 de­feat.

“If we had taken our chances in the first half then the two goals they scored at the end of the half would just have got them back in the game. I’m talk­ing about clearcut chances that we should be scor­ing, but their ‘keeper has a made a great save and we’ve hit the bar and post.”

Wil­lie was also in no mood to mince his words at the of­fi­cials, es­pe­cially for the lines­man who let Neil­ston’s third goal stand de­spite a clear off­side in the build up.

He had no com­plaints with David Dun­nachie giv­ing away a penalty, or be­ing sent-off, and he also felt the red card for JC Hutchi­son was the right decision, but he ques­tioned why Jamie Gil­martin re­ceived a sec­ond book­ing.

He said: “This seems to be my bat­tle­cry right now and I’m get­ting repet­i­tive, but I’m not go­ing to stay silent.

“The of­fi­cials were a dis­grace. Peter (Fer­gu­son) put in the re­port that the player was 10 yards off­side, and that isn’t much of an ex­ag­ger­a­tion. There was no ex­cuse in the world for that. It was the worst decision I have ever seen - and I have seen some bad ones.

“They had seven play­ers booked yet it was Jamie Gil­martin who got a sec­ond yel­low. The ref­eree was al­low­ing tack­les from them that he booked Jamie for.

“Even with JC, I have no com­plaints about the red card, but the lines­man, who was up with play, said it hap­pened out­side the box, but the ref­eree, who was 30 yards be­hind it, said it was inside. They missed the penalty but that isn’t the point. The ref­eree through­out the game said he was lis­ten­ing to his lines­man.”

Glens have been on an in­con­sis­tent run for the past few weeks, win­ning two and los­ing three of their last five league games.

Wil­lie added: “It seems we’re go­ing win, lose, win lose at the mo­ment.

“But we’re only four points off third place with three games in had and at this time last year we had just six points.

“We have 17 points now and it’s an­noy­ing be­cause we should have at least nine more, but we’re in with a shout.”

Red card

JC Hutchi­son

An­gered Glen­cairn man­ager Wil­lie Har­vey

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