Refs are ‘too hasty’ to show us red cards

A grim-faced Dougie Hill walks towards the tunnel after being sent off against Dumbarton on Saturday. Pic: Neil Doig
A grim-faced Dougie Hill walks towards the tunnel after being sent off against Dumbarton on Saturday. Pic: Neil Doig

Grant Murray questioned the decisions of referees this week after seeing two of his players ordered off in the space of four days.

Dougie Hill was shown a straight red by whistler Craig Charleston for denying a goal-scoring opportunity towards the end of Saturday’s 3-1 home defeat to Dumbarton.

Then on Tuesday night, Reece Donaldson was also sent down the Stark’s Park tunnel after picking up two bookings in the 3-2 win over Queen of the South.

It took Rovers red card count for the season to seven, however Murray felt the decisions were harsh.

“I thought Reece was unfortunate given the way challenges had went in previous to that,” he said. “The ref sees it as a sending off although I thought he was a bit hasty pulling the second yellow out.

“Reece has had two aerial challenges and ended up walking off the pitch.

“Dougie’s very unlucky on Saturday - it was two players going for the ball. At the end of the day nobody wants to see players getting sent off.”

Donaldson will be suspended for this Saturday’s trip to Falkirk, although Hill returns after serving out his suspension in midweek.

Rovers victory over Queen’s came courtesy of late John Baird winner after the Kirkcaldy side had relinquished an early two-goal lead.

“We never make it easy, but it was just fantastic to get the three points,” Murray said.

“I thought we deserved it - the way we started the game was great and exactly what we needed after Saturday. The players all felt they had let themselves down, but we got the right reaction.”

The three points all but guaranteed Rovers place in the Championship next season but Murray insists there is plenty to play for in the final three games.

“We’ve let ourselves down with the amount of defeats we’ve had this season, but we’ve got to accept that, and our target now is to finish as high up the league as possible,” he said.