St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson has admitted he was “disappointed” by the decision to award a penalty against his side in yesterday’s 1-0 defeat by Hibs at Easter Road, conceding that losing the game by a single goal, scored from that penalty, was “frustrating.”

Referee John Beaton pointed to the spot when Martin Boyle’s stike cannoned off Jamie McCart’s arm but the defender could do little to avoid the contact and the decision seemed to make little sense.

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Davidson was left bemused as his team were denied a third successive win, bringing an end to their long unbeaten streak at Easter Roan in the league which stretched back to 2012, and the St Johnstone boss thinks his opposite number, Jack Ross, would have been equally as disappointed to have lost the game in the same manner.

“I’ve seen it back – and I think my first reaction was correct,” Davidson said.


“I didn’t think Jamie’s hands were in a position where he was making himself bigger. I think the ball basically came off his chest area. The guy was a yard away from him.

“So realistically, I’m not quite sure.

“It’s disappointing because both teams were having a real go to win the game. To end up losing the game to that decision is quite hard to take, quite frustrating.

“I think it’s really hard for the referees sometimes. For me, they’ve just got to be sure it’s a penalty. It would be different if Jamie’s hands were up high or trying to block the ball.

“As a defender, and I’m sure Jack will say the same, I’d be disappointed to lose a penalty like that.

“I think it’s just very unfortunate how it’s affected the game.”

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