St Mirren manager plays down Nigel Hasselbaink red card

St Mirren forward Nigel Hasselbaink is sent off by referee Crawford Allan
Hasselbaink was sent off just before half-time at Tannadice

St Mirren manager Danny Lennon was diplomatic when asked about Nigel Hasselbaink's sending off at Tannadice.

The Buddies led when Hasselbaink saw red for catching Paul Dixon with an arm in the match that finished 1-1.

"I would like to see it again," said Lennon. "Crawford Allan's got a split second to go and make the decision and he's a good referee.

"We can't influence those decisions. Without the men in the middle, we wouldn't have a game of football."

Hasselbaink had earlier set up Steven Thompson for St Mirren's goal and the Dutchman had chances himself to score.

"With just a little bit more composure from wee Nigel in the right areas, he could've cut back one or two rather than being selfish and going himself," said Lennon.

"Stevie Thompson's taken a bit of flak for the couple of chances that he missed in the opening games, but the pleasing thing for him is that he's got off the mark in the SPL.

"That's what good strikers do, they keep going in, again and again and again."

Jon Daly levelled for the hosts, but St Mirren dug deep to claim a point.

"I'm just absolutely delighted with the other side of the game and the qualities that my players showed. I was absolutely with their character," added Lennon.

"The fans can be proud because they certainly carried that 10 men through the second half and I'm absolutely delighted for them.

"They played a major, major part in picking up a very valuable point and very, very difficult venue."

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