03 Oct Rangers 3-1 Falkirk: Houston in hot water after defeat?
By Derek Clark at Ibrox
Falkirk boss Peter Houston could be in hot water with the SFA after blasting referee John McKendrick for a decision he felt cost his side two points.
With the scoreline delicately poised at one-a-piece, Rangers were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the area when Tom Taiwo was adjudged to have won the ball illegally from Nicky Law and James Tavernier converted to net his 9th goal of the campaign.
After the game the Bairns gaffer vented his anger at what he deemed was a game-changing decision:
“I feel totally aggrieved, it’s never a free-kick in a month of Sunday’s, the referee has cost us a couple of points.
“I think pressure (from the home dugout and support) on the referee has got to him. It was a shocking decision and cost us the match 100%.”
The home side burst out the traps and opened the scoring after three minutes. Dean Shiels played a neat one-two with Martyn Waghorn, he back-heeled the ball into the Northern Irishman’s path, and he slotted the ball past Danny Rogers in the Falkirk goal.
The Bairns drew level fourteen minutes later through a stunning strike from Will Vaulks. A Falkirk corner was headed out to the Englishman and he fired a left-footed strike from outside the area into the corner of the net giving Wes Foderingham no chance.
The game looked to be heading for a stalemate until the contentious decision nine minutes from time and Lee Wallace put the icing on the cake with a left-footed thunderbolt from 20 yards in stoppage time.
It’s now nine league wins in a row for Mark Warburton’s men but the Rangers boss refused to comment on claims he put pressure on the referee:
“I’m mystified by certain decisions that happened during the game, we weren’t happy with a couple of decisions.
“We had to win ugly, Falkirk were tough and well organised and it wasn’t easy.”