Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara irked by referee calls

Dundee United midfielder Stuart Armstrong is send off by referee Iain Brines

Manager Jackie McNamara bemoaned some of referee Iain Brines' decisions in

Liam Craig's injury-time header cancelled out Ryan Gauld's opener for the visitors at McDiarmid Park.

Stuart Armstrong was sent off for United in between the goals, with the midfielder's second booking a punishment for simulation.

"I thought there was a lot of inconsistency with decisions, some were quite baffling," said McNamara.

"Stuart's first booking was a similar one we had with [a challenge on Michael] Gardyne and it went unpunished.

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"Even at the end, we're breaking away and, rather than play they advantage, he [the referee] calls it back and books him [Murray Davidson for a foul]. There's no advantage for us.

"The lad that scores the goal runs into the crowd. We had a lad booked the other week in the [Dundee] derby for putting his finger to his lips.

"So, you're looking for consistency throughout the 90 minutes and I don't think we got it."

Gauld marked his first United start with his debut goal.

"He did well," added McNamara. "I'm disappointed for the lad. It would've been a good story for him to score the winner.

"I think it was a fair result. I'm disappointed to lose it [the goal] in the way we did at the end, disappointed with a lot of things. I thought we could've held on."

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