Kevin MacDonald believes the dismissal of Nathan Byrne
ultimately sealed Swindon’s fate in the second leg of their League
One play-off clash with Brentford.
After the match at Griffin Park had ended 3-3 – and 4-4 on
aggregate – the hosts won the subsequent penalty shoot-out 5-4 with
Miles Storey missing the decisive fourth kick for Swindon.
The Robins had earlier recovered from 3-1 down on the night but
were reduced to 10 men in the 101st minute when Byrne was shown a
second yellow card for handball.
And the Swindon boss, MacDonald, said: “The character of the
team has been fantastic all the way through the season.
“You saw that today but the sending-off turned the game.
“Miles showed a lot of character to step up there. I am proud of
him but someone had to miss.”
Adam Forshaw converted the winning penalty to send the west
Londoners to Wembley to meet Yeovil in the play-off final.
Brown described Muir’s decision to award Aberdeen a penalty in
their crucial encounter on Sunday a “disgrace” and argued it had
sent his team down.
Niall McGinn netted the equaliser to consign Dundee to the
Scottish Premier League drop after Muir had pointed to the spot
when Peter Pawlett fell theatrically as he ran past Lewis
Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has defended Pawlett, who has
previously been banned for diving, and insisted there was contact,
but Brown claims he would substitute any player who won a penalty
in such a way for his team.
Brown, who recently signed a two-year contract, told BBC Radio
Scotland’s Sportsound: “I’d take him off right away. And if I feel
as though the SFA would punish me for any outburst about any
referee then I’d walk away from football.
“It’s our livelihoods. It’s the players’ livelihoods. Players
are going to lose their jobs, staff around Dens Park are possibly
going to lose their jobs.
“It was a high-profile game, a massive game. Surely they could
change the officials and get the top officials?”
Brown is unconcerned whether Pawlett faces retrospective action
but he feels the Scottish Football Association should look at
lessons from their own perspective.
“He is a young player and he’s got previous but you have
officials out there to deal with that,” said Brown, who has lost
just one of his nine SPL games in charge.
“It was a blatant dive. He was diving with two feet before he
has even come near the player.
“I’m not too concerned about the player, I’m concerned about the
officials. The officials are the ones that have cost us the
“I have never seen a blatant a dive in a long time. The referee
is 20 yards away, the assistant referee is just behind that. Surely
he can see that?
“Dundee had an opportunity to take this down to another weekend
and it was taken out of our hands by a diabolical decision. I’m
still very bitter about it.
“Maybe the guy’s okay, a decent referee, but he made a massive
“I’ve been happy with the referees. We had some dodgy decisions,
in the cup game against Dundee United the ball was out the park and
they got a free-kick and got a goal from it.
“I’ve not complained about too many referees, in general they
have been spot-on. I had a gripe about yesterday because it was a