St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright has hit out at Hibernian’s Florian Kamberi after the striker won a penalty in Hibs’ 2-1 win at McDiarmid Park.
The incident changed the game, as the Saints were 1-0 ahead, but Marc McNulty’s goal brought the Hibees back into the game. McNulty later scored the winner.
“The blame lies with one person, and he has won his team a penalty” Wright told BBC Sport.
“I feel sorry for referees when players are prepared to go to ground that easy.”
Even though Wright is annoyed at Kamberi, perhaps the real issue lies closer to home. St Johnstone blew what should have been a guaranteed three points on Wednesday night.
Not only were the Saints 1-0 up, but when it was 1-1 Hibs were reduced to 10 men when Vykintas Slivka was sent-off.
Despite the one man advantage, Wright’s side lost the game to a rapidly improving Hibs side. The defeat leaves St Johnstone needing favours in the battle to finish in the top six.
The Saints are in seventh place in the league table. They are three points behind Hibs, and two points ahead of Motherwell who have a game in hand.
They return to action next Saturday against Livingston. The Saints really need three points to keep pace in the battle to reach the top six.