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Refs got it in for Hibs

By April 10, 2017No Comments

Hibernian boss Neil Lennon could be in disciplinary trouble again after accusing referees of having an agenda against his side.

Lennon was left fuming after referee Bobby Madden refused to give his side a penalty during Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Morton.

The Northern Irishman – already facing a ban after last month’s much-publicised touchline bust-up with Morton boss Jim Duffy – reacted angrily when Mark Russell’s apparent 27th-minute handball went unpunished.

Hibs went on to take the lead thanks to a classy finish from Jason Cummings before Madden did point to the spot just after the hour mark – only this time the decision went for the hosts when Darren McGregor dragged down Jamie McDonagh.

Lawrence Shankland levelled for Morton but Hibs remain on course for the Ladbrokes Championship title with a nine-point lead.

But that did nothing to calm Lennon.

Lennon said: “I don’t get it. Maybe there is an agenda, I don’t know. Maybe I’m getting paranoid. Their player used two hands to block a goal-bound shot. I just don’t understand it.

“I’ve no qualms with the penalty Morton got but everyone could see what happened with the other incident.

“I need an explanation but I’ll not get one. It’ll be ‘it’s poor old Lenny being the victim again’.

“But I’m starting to think that there is an agenda. We have had five red cards this season and three were rescinded – I wonder if that’s a record.

“I don’t know of any team in one season – and we’re not even finished yet – who have had three red cards rescinded. That’s cost us points.

“I just didn’t like the referee’s performance and I want an explanation because it’s not one hand that’s stopped the shot, it’s two hands.”

Falkirk remain in second after rescuing a point from their trip to Dundee United. Simon Murray put the hosts ahead early in the second half but a Luke Leahy header tied up the 1-1 draw.

Stephen Dobbie’s quick-fire brace midway through the second half handed Queen of the South a 2-0 win over Ayr at Somerset Park but Dunfermline remain three points behind the fifth-placed Doonhamers after Kallum Higginbotham’s second-half penalty sealed a 1-0 triumph over Fife rivals Raith Rovers.

St Mirren have finally hauled themselves off bottom spot after a 1-1 draw with Dumbarton saw them overtake Ayr on goal difference. Kyle Magennis put the Buddies ahead only for Lewis Vaughan to hit back for the Sons. Rory Loy, however, should have restored Saints’ lead but saw his first-half penalty saved.