Why Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes was left querying Lewis Ferguson and penalty decision against St Mirren

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes feels his midfielder Lewis Ferguson was harshly sent off and the award of a penalty was unjust during his team’s 1-1 Premiership draw with St Mirren.
Aberdeen's Lewis Ferguson is shown a second yellow card.Aberdeen's Lewis Ferguson is shown a second yellow card.
Aberdeen's Lewis Ferguson is shown a second yellow card.

Ferguson was dismissed just after half time for a second yellow card, while the Dons conceded an equaliser following Jonny Hayes’ opener when Tommie Hoban was penalised for handball and the subsequent penalty was converted by Jamie McGrath.

McInnes questioned the validity of both decisions, saying: “I think it was harsh on Lewis. That wasn't stopping a promising attack. Fergie was fobbed off by Jon Obika who is using his body strength as he would do.

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"Ferguson bundled into him but I don't see that as a yellow-card offence. There has to be some discretion shown there by the referee."

On the penalty, McInnes added: "I know refs are under pressure with the new rules. But I spoke to Bobby Madden at half-time having seen it again and I don't know what Hoban is meant to do.

"At all the meetings we attend, when they're showing examples of how they come to decisions, the biggest criteria is distance.

"That's normally taken into consideration before a referee would give a penalty but that hasn't been the case today."

Meanwhile, Jim Goodwin cursed St Mirren's inability to finish their chances. The Paisley side dominated most of the game but relied on a penalty to score.

Buddies boss Goodwin said: "I'm really disappointed the result hasn't gone for us. But I think if we can play to that kind of standard we will win more games than we will lose.

"We had enough chances to put the game out of sight but unfortunately we didn't do that. We have to be pleased with the way we played, the way we passed and probed - even at 11 against 11.

"In the second half we have totally dominated the game but just were not able to capitalise on the man advantage.

"Inevitably people will look at the opportunities we missed – and rightly so. We will do plenty of crossing and finishing training this week and hopefully next week we will put it right."