No penalty a frustration for Reid

Last updated : 11 March 2011 By BBC Sport

Hamilton manager Billy Reid felt his side were denied a penalty in the 2-1 defeat by Dundee United at Tannadice.Dougie Imrie was fouled on the edge of the box by Timothy van der Meulen and referee Willie Collum awarded a free-kick outside the penalty area.

"It was certainly inside the box," Reid told BBC Scotland.

"Dougie Imrie's been wiped out. I'm not going to have a go at Willie Collum, I think he's a smashing referee, but he's made a mistake."

Hamilton took the lead on Tayside through Flavio Paixao's header, but David Goodwillie equalised before the break and Jon Daly struck in injury time to give United victory.

"At that stage, it's 1-1 and it's a big, big decision for us, but it's the way it's been going for us this season," said Reid.

"He has had a smashing game, but the one big decision has gone against us. It's been the story of our season.

"The penalty decision's a huge, huge turning point and, once again, we've lost a goal two minutes into injury time. I'm absolutely gutted for the players for what they put into it, they didn't deserve that.

"There's only so many things you can take and it's happened in recent weeks where we've performed well and got nothing."

Reid's side remain bottom of the Scottish Premier League, seven points adrift of St Mirren, who have a game in hand.

"We've got to go on a run of winning three games," said Reid.

"We're capable of doing that, we definitely are capable of doing that, but you do need a few breaks when you're down there.

"We didn't really get them tonight. Over the 90 minutes, a point would have been a deserved point and we've come away with nothing."

One positive from the defeat at Tannadice for Reid was the return of midfielder Alex Neil, who appeared as a second-half substitute following several months out injured.

"It's a huge boost," added Reid. "He's had one training session in 10 months.

"It just shows the calibre of player he is. You see the organisation he has when he goes on to the park and he will be an important player in the run-in for us."

Source: BBC Sport

Source: BBC Sport