Livingston boss David Martindale regrets refereeing display but admits joy at win over Aberdeen

Livingston boss David Martindale admitted he was taken aback by the refereeing display during their 2-1 win over Aberdeen at the weekend.

Kevin Clancy issued 14 yellow cards, including one to Martindale’s opposite Stephen Glass and two to Livi’s winger Cristian Montano as the Lions finished the game a light man and valiantly fighting to hold on to all three points in a match in which they had total control. for big spells.

Clancy seemed to lose control of the proceedings and the final 20 minutes resembled little more than playground petulance as both sets of players routinely had to be separated.

Despite striking in the exhibition, Martindale admitted Colombian ace Montano had been ‘naive’ in the incident that led to him being red-carded with six minutes remaining.

Montano appeared to raise both hands to Aberdeen’s Vicente Besuijen after he tried to drive Bruce Anderson out of the park following a tackle.

Martindale commented: “I’m still trying to understand how there could be 13 yellow cards in that game.

“It’s incredible. Aren’t you allowed to board anymore? I can’t believe we left the park with eight of my players booked, nine if you include Cristian’s double yellow.

“I think that with Cristian’s second he gave the referee a decision. He put his hands on the player. I think he’s been naive because you can’t put your hands on an opponent when you’re on yellow.

LIVINGSTON, SCOTLAND – FEBRUARY 05: Christian Montano of Livingston receives a second yellow after pushing Vicente Besuijen during a cinch Premiership match between Livingston and Aberdeen at the Tony Macaroni Arena, on February 05, 2022, in Livingston, Scotland. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group)

“And I told the guys at halftime that they had to look because four of them had yellow cards.

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“Aberdeen do that side of the game very well. I’m not saying it’s cheating, I’m not saying it at all. They are very street.

“But the guys were all in the locker room after the final whistle having fun. The music was at full volume and they deserved it.”

Livi was the better team from the first whistle and took the lead after eight minutes when a deft move by Ayo Obileye deflected an Anderson effort that went over the Dons defense and into the net.

The visitors were struggling to create anything of note, but had strong appeals for a rejected penalty when Lewis Ferguson fell in the box.

The Dons’ slack defense meant that Livi wasted two great chances to increase their lead before the break when Alan Forrest first chose to run towards the defense when a through ball would have left Anderson with only the keeper to beat before the winger almost he bursts the net with a thunderous angled drive that went over the bar.

Having passed up those chances, she made no mistake four minutes after the restart when she ran behind the baseline to catch Montano’s pass before a delicate hit on Gary Woods doubled Livi’s lead.

The game was inches from over five minutes later when Jason Holt hit the post from 20 yards out after a superb attacking move as Livi continued to open up for the visitors.

Despite offering little throughout the game, Aberdeen charged again in the 66th minute when Christian Ramírez struck high into the top corner from 10 yards, and the visiting team almost equalized 10 minutes later when Max Stryjek produced a brilliant instinctive save from a header from Ferguson.

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The game at the time threatened to end with countless fights and it was no surprise when Montano was finally shown a red card with six minutes to go.

LIVINGSTON, SCOTLAND – FEBRUARY 05: Ayo Obileye of Livingston puts her side 1-0 up during a cinch Premiership match between Livingston and Aberdeen at the Tony Macaroni Arena, on February 05, 2022, in Livingston, Scotland. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group)

That prompted a magnificent defensive effort as Aberdeen threw everything at the Lions as Morgan Boyes produced a goal-line clearance from a Jay Emmanuel-Thomas effort as Livi held on for three points. They now sit just four points behind fourth place Motherwell.

Martindale added: “We defended our defensive third extremely well when we had less than 10 men.

“Max Stryjek was unbelievable in the points and made up for his mistake in the last game against Aberdeen. Morgan Boyes got one of the goal-line clearances and headed in from a couple distance.

“But I play fair to all my players, I thought they were brilliant.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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