Scottish Premiership: Partick boss Alan Archibald is unhappy with the referee at Dundee
Last Updated: 18/08/14 11:32am
Partick manager Alan Archibald believes the 1-1 draw with Dundee at Dens Park suffered because of some poor officiating.
Thistle had been good value for the half-time lead, supplied by an early Gary Fraser strike, but found themselves on the back-foot when goalkeeper Scott Fox was dismissed following a clash with Paul McGowan, six minutes after Craig Wighton had levelled the game.
That incident followed moments after referee Craig Charleston awarded Dundee a penalty for
Danny Seabourne’s trip on James McPake, but substitute Paul Gallacher saved the spot-kick from Gary Harkins to ensure Thistle earned a point.
Archibald said: "The referee ruined it. The players said that Scott Fox punched someone but I didn't see that.
"Scott put his arm up and the referee has sent him off for it. That was the game ruined after that.
"One of their players said he was punched in the face but I think he just put his arm up. It was in the guy's face and the ref said it was violent conduct.
"I have not seen it but once I have, then I will decide whether or not we will appeal.
"Scott says he put his arm up and the player went into his arm. Sometimes players tell you porkies but we will wait and see the video first.
"Scott is very upset because he has just got the jersey back. Now he has lost it because he is suspended.
"Overall, I am thoroughly pleased with our performance in the first half – I thought we were fantastic.
"We moved the ball really well and we created a number of chances but we just didn't take them."
Dundee boss Paul Hartley reckons his team were not in the match during the opening half, but he feels Wighton made a telling contribution.
Hartley said: "We didn't play the way we can in the first-half. We let our standards drop. But all credit to Thistle because I thought they were excellent.
"The sending-off probably changed the game in the second-half a little bit but we could have won it in the end. We knew we were better than what we showed in the first-half.
"Wighton has been looking sharp in training. He's probably the best young player in Scotland at his age.
"He made the difference by giving us that energy and zip. His composure was first-class."