Davidson: Tade red no escuse
St Johnstone midfielder Murray Davidson believes the referee was correct to dismiss his team-mate Gregory Tade in Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Hearts, but refused to use the sending-off as an excuse for the loss.
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Tade was shown a straight red card after appearing to raise his hands to Andy Webster in the Hearts penalty area with the hosts already one goal up thanks to a John Sutton spot-kick.
Despite their numerical disadvantage, St Johnstone started the second half well and were on top for a large period until they tired and allowed David Templeton to slot home a second with eight minutes remaining.
Although they played the majority of the game with 10 men, Davidson always thought the Saints would get chances to level.
"I thought the first half when it was 11 v 11 we started poorly anyway, we weren't using the sending off as an excuse," he said.
"We got to half-time and I think it was last year here in the Scottish Cup we were 1-0 down here with 10 men and we managed to get a result, so we knew we'd get chances.
"I think we counted three great chances before they have made it 2-0, and when the second one goes in obviously it is all over."
Tade tangled with Webster in the 38th minute and Davidson offered no defence for the former Inverness striker's actions.
He said: "I don't know if he (the referee) saw it. From what I'm hearing it is the linesman who was 50 yards away on the other side.
"I think it is a slap in the face so there aren't too many arguments, he has raised his hands."
Hearts midfielder Ryan McGowan was shown a yellow card in only the second minute after seemingly raising an arm to the face of Callum Davidson in an aerial battle.
Murray Davidson refused to blame referee Stevie O'Reilly for not producing a red card on that particular occasion but did call for greater consistency from SPL officials.
"All you are looking for is consistency," he said.
"I heard the roar from the crowd for the Gregory one - I saw the McGowan one.
"All you are looking for is consistency. I'd need to see them again but the one for us I think is a red because he has raised his hands, and obviously it is then difficult for us."
Saints boss Steve Lomas was less courteous of the referee's performance and felt the challenge from McGowan was reckless.
"From where I was standing it was a blatant elbow," he said.
"They are jaw-breakers, the kind of challenge we are trying to get out of the game. I saw it from the stand and it was a bad challenge. Callum is lucky."
Unsurprisingly, Hearts manager John McGlynn agreed with the decision of the referee to only issue a yellow card.
The 50-year-old said of the incident: "Ryan has led with his arm but it was only a yellow card."