Derek McInnes has hit out at a penalty decision in the huge match between Hibs and Aberdeen at Easter Road, which the Dons lost 2-0.
A Martin Boyle double secured a comfortable win for the Hibees and it could have been a few more had Joe Lewis not been on top form in the Aberdeen goal. But for Hibs’ first, Dons boss McInnes had issue with the penalty awarded after Jamie Murphy tumbled under Lewis Ferguson’s challenge.
McInnes reckons it’s a decision referee Willie Collum didn’t get right: “The games between us are obviously important ones with regards to the final positions in the league. We’ve won the last two but sadly we lost this one.
“I felt there was nothing in it at the start of the game and certainly the penalty decision had a big bearing on how the first half played out. I think Willie Collum is one of our best referees, but I think that’s a poor decision.
“Murphy’s done well to get in the box but then he’s toe poked the ball into the side netting. Lewis is trying to stop his momentum and Murphy’s just run into him. Having seen it again, it’s such a harsh decision. From then on, I didn’t think we responded well enough and Hibs finished the first half the better side.”
With one win in eight, not scoring in four of those matches, McInnes knows this was a big one to lose and is well aware of why Aberdeen fans are disappointed: “It was a big game for us, as Hibs fixtures always are, and it’s disappointing to come away having lost.
“Hibs are clearly making a big play to finish third this season, they’ve held onto their players through the window despite big money offers, and they have added to their squad. I can understand the fans’ concerns as we have been used to far better than that.
“Over the piece we have offered more than that and it’s not a stat we are proud of. We are disappointed to be on that run but we will work hard to stop that.”
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