Lomas distraught after defeat

St Johnstone boss Steve Lomas was upset after a 1-0 defeat to

Hibs was made worse by a serious injury to David Robertson.

The substitute suffered a suspected broken leg at McDiarmid Park

in a game Saints had looked the more likely to win.

The wheels came off for the hosts on 79 minutes as they endured

11 minutes that were about as bad as it gets for any manager.

It started when Nigel Hasselbaink saw his penalty saved by Ben

Williams and Lomas was then sent to the stand by referee Craig

Thomson soon afterwards.

Hibs’ Paul Cairney added to his woes by netting what proved to

be the winner after 82 minutes.

Then midfielder Robertson was taken off on a stretcher and

Saints captain Dave Mackay was shown a straight red card for an

altercation with Leigh Griffiths in stoppage time as the hosts’

misery was complete.

Lomas said: “It’s been a disappointing night, especially with

Davie Robertson getting that bad injury. Fingers crossed it’s not

as bad as we think.

“It looked like a block tackle and it looks like he’s come off

second best, very disappointing for the lad and for us.”

Lomas’ dismissal from the touchline came after Hasselbaink took

the spot-kick following David Wotherspoon’s trip on Mackay.

“I kicked a water bottle,” Lomas added. “It was frustration. I

said to the fourth official he could’ve used a bit of

common-sense.

“It’s frustrating, you’ve missed a penalty, not your regular

penalty taker. I was a bit perplexed why he (Hasselbaink) was

taking it. Dave Mackay’s normally our penalty taker.

Mackay was sent off late on after Griffiths chased down the ball

which had been returned to Saints following Robertson’s injury.

Lomas added: “Dave suggested that Leigh came and put the head to

him. It was a lock of heads and he (Thomson) just chose to send

Dave off. If Dave has (motioned his head) it’s stupid.”