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Livingston manager David Martindale ‘aggrieved’ and ‘astounded’ by refereeing calls

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Trailing 1-0 to Steven Bradley’s goal, Tannadice side could have had Kieran Freeman sent off for two bookable offences before the half-hour mark. Sadat Anaku was carded for a challenge on Luiyi de Lucas, as was Loic Ayina after taking out Scott Pittman in the second period.

VAR looked at the latter two, and Martindale questioned why referee Matthew McDermid was not called to the pitchside monitor for a closer look. United rallied in the second-half and claimed a point via Aziz Behich’s well-taken strike, leaving Livingston to rue not further pressing home their dominance in an impressive opening 45 minutes.

Martindale conceded his side should’ve done more to put a struggling United away while in the ascendency, but insisted he was ‘astounded’ by the some the decisions made by the officials.

“We probably have to capitalise a bit more in the first half, but I think there was a big moment with the double yellow card,” he said. “I feel a wee bit aggrieved. If that’s a Livingston player? I don’t know. We’ve been tarnished lately. That’s a double yellow card but we don’t get it. 

“Then I thought there was another two big moments, a huge moment with the tackle on Pittman. There was also one on De Lucas. 

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“The disappointing thing for me is the referee hasn’t had an opportunity to go and look at monitor. 

“We’ve got the technology now. The referee’s not always going to make the right decision in real time, but with the use of technology I think he can arrive at a better decision. 

“The one on De Lucas, and especially the one on Pittman, I’m astounded both came out yellow cards and the referee wasn’t asked to go to the monitor.”

Only taking a point prevents Livingston from moving back into the Premiership top six as they remain one behind St Mirren. A draw halts a run of four straight defeats in all competitions, but they have not picked up a victory since February 4.

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