'Don't know why he goes to VAR' - St Johnstone boss will consider appeal after star sent off in St Mirren draw

St Johnstone will consider appealing the red card shown to Daniel Phillips in the 1-1 draw with St Mirren.

The midfielder was initially shown a yellow card by referee Craig Napier for his challenge on Ryan Flynn in the cinch Premiership contest. VAR official Grant Irvine, however, felt the incident merited a second look and Napier quickly changed the booking to a sending off.

St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson believed it to be the wrong call having had a chance to watch the incident again. He will now “look at it really closely and see” if an appeal is worthwhile.

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"When I initially saw it, I didn't really think there was anything in it,” he said. “I don't think he raised his leg or did anything with malice or pace. He had the ball and the guy was sliding in. When it went to VAR, I thought Dan must have raised his leg and stamped on him. Looking at it back, he didn't. We're really disappointed with the decision.

"If he's following the rules... he's obviously made contact with the ankle or foot, they say that's a yellow card and a yellow card should be given. I don't know why he goes to VAR. I genuinely don't know why it was a sending off. It's a big point in the game and made it really difficult for us."

Despite losing a man, it was St Johnstone who went in front through substitute Zak Rudden St Mirren denied them a first home win since November via Alex Gogic's late header. Buddies boss Stephen Robinson was not too unhappy, believing a bumpy pitch and the doggedness of their opponents had made it hard to break them down.

"It was an opportunity missed to get another two points but ultimately we're another point towards our end goal of finishing in the top six,” he said. “We've kept St Johnstone at arm's length. We created enough chances to win the game. When you're playing against 10 men, they sit in and there's no space to play in behind. On that surface, it's very difficult to move the ball."



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