Stuart McCall curses Motherwell luck against Aberdeen

Stuart McCall felt another bad decision went against his side against Aberdeen
Stuart McCall felt another bad decision went against his side against Aberdeen

Motherwell manager Stuart McCall was left cursing his side's luck against Aberdeen in the 2-2 draw at Fir Park.

The Steelmen had twice led through Stephen McManus and Zaine Francis-Angol, but were pegged back by Adam Rooney then a contentious equaliser from Russell Anderson.

The hosts were left adamant Anderson's stoppage-time effort was handball.

"Unfortunately, yet again against Aberdeen we've not got the right decision," McCall told BBC Scotland.

Motherwell thought they had claimed a second win against the Pittodrie club in a matter of weeks, and were seconds away from leapfrogging the Dons in the Scottish Premiership.

However, Aberdeen threw everything at the home side in the final 20 minutes in search of a leveller, and McCall admitted they deserved to leave Lanarkshire with a point.

He said: "I thought Aberdeen at times in the second half were terrific and they deserved the point.

"It's sore to lose it so late, and it's sore that it's a handball by Anderson, but unfortunately the referee's not been in a good enough position to see it.

"We lost [Iain] Vigurs just before the game with an injury, we lost Fraser Kerr during it and we had to have [Stuart] Carswell at right-back.

"We've got young kids on the bench, so I thought we battled manfully, scored two good goals, but I thought a point was a fair result without a doubt.

"You just look at the reaction of the players and I think three or four of our lads claimed handball straight away, but the linesman's got no chance of seeing it and there's that many bodies there to be honest, so it's a difficult one but when you see it again it's a clear handball."

McCall also disagreed with his opposite number Derek McInnes who suggested 'Well stopper Shaun Hutchinson should have been red-carded for fouling down Ryan Jack, who was subsequently stretchered off.

"No, I don't think it should have been a red whatsoever," McCall said.

"I think Shaun Hutchinson's got the ball, his momentum has carried him through. I hope Jack is okay, but Hutchinson definitely gets the ball.

"Could it be deemed as reckless? Yes, I think it's a yellow card, but we're not playing in my day or Derek's day. If it had been in that we'd have played on, but we're playing in the day now and it's a yellow card."

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