St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin believes decisions from officials are ‘costing’ his side points in the early stages of the Scottish Premiership season.

Matt Millar gave away a penalty after an apparent foul on Hibs’ Ryan Porteous on Saturday, Saints drawing the match 2-2 at Easter Road. St Mirren haven’t won any of their first six league matches and Goodwin says ‘key moments’ are to be lamented.

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Millar was penalised on Saturday. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

He explained: “The big talking point for me is the penalty. I hate moaning all the time but that’s an extremely soft penalty. There is a bit of contact before the ball comes in, a little bit of grappling. But before Porteous goes to ground, Matt moves his arms out to the side to prove to the referee he’s not touching him.

“Porteous has a habit of winning cheap free-kicks over the years. Some might say he was clever but the referee needs to see what’s going on and not give the penalty. There’s a real frustration because I think we could have won the game today if that hadn’t gone against us.

 

“There are too many big decisions and key moments in games that are costing us. We’ve had three goals disallowed in the last three games, a penalty given against us today – and these decisions are costing us points.”

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