St Johnstone boss left counting cost of veteran’s red card v Hibs

St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson thinks Craig Bryson’s red card cost his side the three points as Hibs came back from a goal down to end their five-game losing run with a 2-1 win at McDiarmid Park.

The veteran was sent off for a second booking, shortly after the Saints had taken the lead in Perth and looked like condemning Jack Ross’ side to yet another Scottish Premiership defeat.


GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – NOVEMBER 20: Callum Davidson, Manager of St Johnstone looks on prior to the Premier Sports Cup semi-final match between Celtic and St Johnstone at Hampden Park on November 20, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Two late goals from Kevin Nisbet and Jamie Muphy turned the game around in the final ten minutes and Davidson was left counting the cost as Bryson was shown his marching orders.

“Craig knows himself, we don’t need to tell him after getting ourselves in a good position in the game,” Davidson said after the game.


“The game was always going to be a tight one, always a tough game.

“Both teams play similar formations and it’s a lot about one v one situations.

“To go a man down made it really difficult for us second half where the lads put a lot of effort in. I’m pretty disappointed.

“Ultimately the sending off has cost us the game. It was two bookings.

“He’s taken a bad first touch and gone in and these days that tackle will always turn into a booking.

“It is unlike Craig to do that but unfortunately it put our backs against the wall.

“Second half we defended our box really well and Zander (Clark) pulled off one great save, but I thought we were going to get there. We were a little bit sloppy for the last goal.”

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