Arbroath v Brechin City

Paul McLean has his effort cleared off the line under the suspicion of hand ball.

Paul McLean has his effort cleared off the line under the suspicion of hand ball.

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Brechin City manager Ray McKinnon was unable to describe the performance by the referee during the Arbroath derby match, which City lost 2-1.

Speaking after the match, Mr McKinnon complimented Arbroath scorer Lee Erwin. He said: “It was a game of two halves with the wind. We didn’t handle it well in the first half.

“Their young lad that has come in on loan scored two wonderful goals. He’s going to be a top striker.

“We couldn’t really get to grips with the game. Second half, we put more pressure on them and got our goal. But overall, I am disappointed.”

However, it was the refereeing decisions that werethe real talking point during Mr McKinnon’s post match interview.

He said: “I never usually say this, but I am even more disappointed with the three people in the middle of the park. The decision he didn’t give us in the first half, maybe it was too early in the game and he can’t make big decisions like that. But if you can’t make big decisions you shouldn’t be there.

“Arbroath had a penalty in the second half, a stonewaller, and he didn’t give it. It’s embarrassing. It just tells you that these people are there to do a job and they aren’t doing it.

“I’ve no complaints with the result. I was very disappointed with the three guys in black not being able to make decisions.”