Stuart Kettlewell has been left unhappy with the ‘arrogance’ shown by referee John Beaton following Ross County’s 1-0 defeat to Livingston.

The Staggies manager was sent off at full time following a heated exchange of words at the final whistle with the match referee. It came after a Jon Guthrie header split the side’s in West Lothian, County’s Carl Tremarco receiving his marching orders for two bookings.

Kettlwell’s team were beaten in West Lothian (Photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Kettlewell’s team remain in the top six despite the defeat to Gary Holt’s side. Whilst not wanting to complain about the sending off, Ross County’s manager is adamant there was a foul on Ross Stewart as Livi took the lead.

He’s explained why he was unhappy with it and referee Beaton, claiming he was spoken to like a ‘second class citizen’ at full time by the match official.

“It was a horrible game of football,” said Kettlewell. “From my point of view we knew it would be scrappy and ugly and I felt one moment would win it and that’s what happened. I said to the players we needed to get into the game more.

Beaten in West Lothian. (Photo by Callum Landells/Getty Images)

“We defended well and we were physical but the bit that annoyed me was we could play better, especially until Carl got sent off. We spoke about being more expansive and pass it better but we didn’t do that.

“I can’t complain about the sending off but I can about the goal. Our second corner Guthrie and Stewart are involved and there is a foul given for a carbon copy of the situation. He then doesn’t give a foul for their goal which frustrates me.

“You speak about levels of consistency and how you address or speak to someone. I have got myself involved with the referee at the end there but I am not having someone speak to me with such arrogance. He sent me off because I lost my cool but I approach people in the right manner and when someone treats you like a second class citizen then I won’t be having that.

John Beaton didn’t please Kettlwell. (Photo by Jeroen Meuwsen/Soccrates/Getty Images)

“Obviously, the tension’s are high, the passion’s high, I want my team to win, I want my team to come here and get something out of the game. But when I go and ask the referee about the scenario and he tells you, ‘away you go, you’re clutching at straws’ then that becomes a wee bit of an annoyance to me.

“As I say, I don’t link this to every official, because not every official speaks to you like that. That’s the wee bit where we maybe all need to get on the same page, whether guys speak to you in that fashion or whether they understand that wee bit of passion and the desire for your team to do well.
“I’m no angel myself, I never have been, through playing and coaching. But I won’t do is accept somebody coming back to me like that and almost just ushering me away.
“I’ve got a valid point and if they look back at the video they’ll see there’s a valid point.”
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