St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson has joined what seems like half of the Premiership in criticising refereeing decisions in last night’s games – calling the penalty awarded to St Mirren a “horrendous decision”.

The Buddies were awarded a penalty with the Perth side 1-0 up after Jamie McCart was judged to have fouled Alex Greive and Davidson couldn’t believe his eyes.

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Having gone ahead through Callum Hendry, Greive would score the winner for St Mirren and send St Johnstone to the foot of the Premiership table.

Davidson has complained regularly about referees this season and he wasn’t happy again last night after watching his side go down in Paisley.

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“I was disappointed with the penalty given against us,” said Davidson. “It was a horrendous decision.

“I’ve watched it back numerous times and I’m still to see it.

“Big decisions in games can change it especially when confidence is fragile.

“We can do better when we go a goal up, we can do better when it goes all square and when we lose the second we could have reacted better.

“But I sound like a broken record – huge decisions have cost us so it’s hard to take especially when confidence isn’t high.

“These things have to go for us.

“I told the players I want them to fight and encourage them to play and believe they are good players and to do the right things. For 25 minutes of the second half we didn’t do that.”

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