Derek McInnes accuses Garry O'Connor of diving to win penalty

Derek McInnes
McInnes believes referee Steve Conroy will realise he made a mistake

St Johnstone manager Derek McInnes criticised referee Steve Conroy and Hibs striker Garry O'Connor after his side's 3-2 defeat at Easter Road.

Hibs were awarded a second-half penalty after David McCracken was judged to have tripped the forward.

O'Connor scored the spot kick, but McInnes says it wasn't deserved.

"It was such a poor decision by the referee. The player has dived and we've suffered because of it," McInnes told BBC Radio Scotland.

"It was clear to me at the time and having watched it again it certainly was the wrong decision.

"I told the referee how I felt but the damage was done.

"If Steve looks at it again he should see that he's got it wrong."

Ivan Sproule put Hibs ahead in the 17th minute before Liam Craig volleyed an equaliser for St Johnstone two minutes later.

O'Connor fired Hibs back in front towards the end of an open first half and took his tally for the season to 10 when he netted the disputed penalty.

Cillian Sheridan was able to pull one back for the visitors two minutes later, with Saints boss McInnes was adamant his side deserved a share of the points.

"The second goal came too late but it should have been enough to get us a point," he added.

"The third goal proved pivotal. The first two goals were our own doing, the third certainly wasn't.

"I thought second half we bossed the game and were the better side passing the ball.

"The third goal proved pivotal. The first two goals were our own doing, the third certainly wasn't.

"The biggest culprit for me is O'Connor because he made the referee make a decision by diving."

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