By Craig Turnbull
Jesus Garcia Tena has admitted his frustration at rules which meant he was forced to miss two vital first-team games after his dismissal for the Under 20s against Rangers.
And to further compound his misery, Garcia Tena claimed the tackle didn’t even merit a yellow card never mind a straight red.
The blow was softened after a win over Inverness CT in his absence but they let a one-goal lead slip against Partick Thistle before the international break to increase the pressure in the battle to avoid the drop.
“It’s more frustrating when it’s not even a yellow card,” he said. “I think we tried to appeal it but it didn’t work sometimes you just need to take it.
“The rules are quite strange every country has got different rules so you just need to adapt and that’s it.
“It is frustrating missing two games because of that. It’s done now there’s nothing I can do so I just need to learn from that.”
Accies are in 10th place just five points ahead of Kilmarnock in the relegation play-off spot and before the trip to Aberdeen this Sunday, the 25-year-old believes they can still avoid relegation and has hopes of putting another dent in the Dons’ title challenge.
“Confidence is still high, we still think we can do it,” he said. “We just need to work hard and try to avoid relegation and that’s it.
“Celtic could slip up this weekend and Aberdeen could get back into the title race.
“Hopefully they won’t get a result this weekend and that would mean it’s probably over but you never know they just need to fight until the end.
“There’s seven games to go so there’s still plenty of points to play for.”