Dundee United gaffer Csaba Laszlo blasts referee after spot-kick call

Saturday's referee Colin Steven
Saturday's referee Colin Steven

Dundee United manager Csaba Laszlo has hit out at referee Colin Steven after he gave a controversial penalty against his side on Saturday.

Steven pointed to the spot on 11 minutes when debutant Rachid Bouhenna was adjudged to have fouled Morton defender Gregor Buchanan in the box from a corner.

Michael Tidser stepped up to give the ’Ton the lead in a Championship game which finished 1-1 thanks to substitute Fraser Fyvie’s last-minute equaliser.

Although Csaba was pleased with the fight they showed to win a point, he was frustrated at the referee’s performance.

“I am really proud of the boys because it was a really difficult game,” he said.

“You get a penalty against you, and I don’t want to talk about the performance of the referee because it’s not my job, but I thought it was a foul for us at first.

“I didn’t hear the whistle, then the referee shows for the penalty but I think, to be honest, if he gives this penalty then he has the chance to give 10 others for both sides.

“It’s just my opinion and it is not all about the penalty. I don’t want to criticise the referee but, according to me, it was a very soft penalty.

“I asked my players if there was contact there but they didn’t think it was one which you have to give.”

Of United’s display, Csaba added: “I think for 90 minutes plus added time we played one-way football.

“The boys tried hard and it’s not easy when the clock is ticking down and you still can’t score.

“In the first-half we had two very good chances where we should score and in the second half we were pressing Morton.

“They were, more or less, 11 behind the ball playing very deep and they tried to counter attack.

“Sometimes you have these games where you have to suffer but we have to be more clinical, must be more clinical.

“We can talk about the many mistakes but we have to play faster, more with the ball into feet and up front but I think on Saturday everybody showed spirit.”