Ross County boss Stuart Kettlewell has disclosed that he wasn’t best pleased with some of the decisions that were made by the match officials in County’s midweek 2-0 League Cup quarter-final loss to Livingston.

Firstly, Kettlewell was bemused why Livingston defender Jon Guthrie hadn’t been sent-off when he fouled Billy Mckay. The Ross County player was through on goal on the edge of the penalty box.

“That amazes me”

“In the first half, the yellow card for Billy McKay being clean through on goal. I would love an explanation, we’ve had one, and it was he wasn’t in control of the ball. However, I think in a through pass sometimes you need to penetrate the space to get on to the through pass. We could all see that he was clean through on goal, so that amazes me” he said.

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Ross County manager Stuart Kettlewell wasn’t happy with some decisions (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Kettlewell then went on to bemoan the fact that Harry Paton didn’t get awarded a penalty. That was after a challenge by Scott Pittman.

“He’s adamant”

“Harry’s a pretty honest boy, generally when he goes down there is contact. He’s adamant he’s been fouled inside the penalty area. Again that comes at a big time in the game for us, if we can try and get ourselves back in it.”

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Ross County’s Harry Paton felt he should have had a penalty (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Kettlewell disclosed that at the end of the game he asked referee Steven McLean about the contentious decisions.

“I was just asking for a couple of explanations. I’m a wee bit perplexed as to some of the explanations for what I felt were key decisions” he concluded.

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