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Referee mixed up players on red card - United boss

Referee Iain Brines sent off Jennison Myrie-Williams at Tannadice
Myrie-Williams was sent off after coming on as a second half substitute

Manager Peter Houston claims referee Iain Brines got two Dundee United players mixed up when he sent off substitute Jennison Myrie-Williams.

The midfielder was shown two yellow cards after coming on as a substitute during the 2-0 home defeat by Celtic.

"I thought it was really poor," said a furious Houston.

"When you start pointing all over the pitch for persistent fouling - to a guy who has been on the pitch for five minutes - he got it wrong."

Myrie-Williams was only on the park for moments after replacing Danny Swanson in the 62nd minute when he was booked for a challenge on Aiden McGeady.

But controversy followed in the 76th minute when Brines produced another yellow for a foul on Landry N'Guemo and indicated that it was for persistent fouling.

And Houston believes Brines thought Williams was one of United's other players, Prince Buaben.

"It was unbelievable," he said. "He got the wrong guy, let him come out and say it.

"He had spoken to Prince Buaben minutes before that after a tackle and said, 'If you do that again you are going off the park.'

"I think he thought it was Prince.

Buaben added to the controversy by saying: "Jennison said that he thought the referee thought it was me but the referee should know, that's his job, he is a professional."

A first-half strike from Diomansy Kamara and a late Robbie Keane penalty clinched second spot for Celtic in a game that saw eight bookings as well as the Williams sending off.

Celtic's interim boss Neil Lennon was critical of United's physical approach and went on to lavish his side with praise in what was a fifth league win in a row since he took over from the sacked Tony Mowbray.

But Houston was not impressed by Lennon's comment that "there was only one team who tried to win the game" or the behaviour of Celtic skipper Scott Brown.

"Maybe he (Lennon) should try and do it more often if he is quite happy with that," added the United boss.

"I don't think we got anywhere near our standards but once he has been on an 11 or 12-match unbeaten run and gets to the Scottish Cup final, then maybe he can come back and say he is happy.

"I have been proud of the guys who have played super football and it has been written about so it is wrong to say that we didn't try to play football."

On the subject of Brown, who had a running battle with Buaben throughout, Houston said: "Scott Brown went about slapping his hip pocket as if to say our players were in it and our players stupidly took the bait.

"Prince and (Francisco) Sandaza so we have to make sure the discipline is right.

"He should show respect to footballers, we are all professional people."

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