MARK Warburton has called for better communication with match officials after his side’s progression to the Petrofac Cup Semi-Final.
The manager admitted he was frustrated by a flurry of yellow cards during the game – emotions that saw him and his assistant David Weir addressed by the referee during the match.
Dean Shiels was missing due to two yellow cards he picked up in earlier rounds of the competition and the manager doesn’t want young players robbed of a chance to play in the final stages of a cup because of bookings.
Warburton explained: “Firstly we were pleased to get the result and get in a semi-final.
“I am pleased that the players maintained patience and tried to do the right thing but there is a huge sense of frustration at some things; the tempo of the play and I thought some of the challenges were inappropriate.
“Look at tonight, we didn’t have Dean Shiels available because he had two yellow cards and it’s a competition rule, and I understand that.
“But they have to justify the yellow cards – why was Martyn Waghorn booked? Why was Nicky Clark? I don’t know.
“I just said to the fourth official that talented young players might miss a semi-final or a final through such a decision.
“But we also have to improve communication with the officials and it’s not about shouting and screaming from the side lines, it has to be better and we have to be better at that as well.
“It’s about an entertainment industry and fans want to come and see players like Nathan Oduwa; they work hard and pay their money and you should enjoy coming to watch these players.”
Oduwa was on the end of a robust tackle in the first minute of the game from Kieran Gibbons.
It resulted in the forward, dubbed “magic feet”, being withdrawn at the break and facing a race against time to be fit for Sunday’s Championship clash with St Mirren.
“Nathan had a knock to the ankle, a knock to the foot, a knock to the shin… to be honest he had a knock to most parts of his body!
“It is frustrating evening – there were some poor challenges tonight and Nathan came off at half-time because of one of those.
“We will assess him in the morning, it was nothing too serious but it was a bad challenge that injured him – the first one was 30 seconds into the game and four or five swiftly followed.
“He will learn, he is a very talented player, he is a good player and he will learn and find solutions.”