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Houston angry with official

Peter Houston labelled the performance of referee Dougie McDonald as 'below average' after the 2-1 defeat by Celtic at Tannadice.

Striker David Goodwillie was again on target for the hosts, who were though eventually undone by a late winner from Gary Hooper - his second goal of the contest.

But Houston was unhappy with the incident where the official awarded the visitors a second-half penalty after goalkeeper Dusan Pernis looked to have brought down goalscorer Hooper, before then changing his decision after talks with an assistant.

"Dougie couldn't get his finger to the spot quickly enough. It's not the first he has given against us," Houston told BBC Sport. "I thought his performance was below average today. I've got to be honest.

"You look at the game and we were holding on quite comfortably and looked dangerous on the counter-attack," he added. "Yes, Celtic created chances but I thought we coped well with anything they threw at us. But then Dougie McDonald conspires to try to give a penalty against us.

"I am not saying that's the reason we lost the game, but I am looking for a more consistent performance from a referee who is meant to be one of the top referees."

Neither was the Arabs boss particularly impressed by the celebrations of Celtic manager Neil Lennon following their late goal.

"It was embarrassing. Celtic thought they had won the league here today," commented Houston. "The ref has been over talking to Neil Lennon and his backroom staff and when they score a goal they are 25 yards down the track. I'm going to start doing that if you are allowed to do that."

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Date:Sunday October 17 2010

Time: 10:16PM

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Houston was right. The ref was a disgrace. Had he awarded the penalty kicks that he should have for Celtic, Utd would have lost by five goals, not one.There was the blatant handball by Severin, the second arm ball by the same player, the barge on Ki in the box, off the ball, the penalty itself and a couple of touch and go arm balls too. Yes Mr. Houston, the ref was a disgrace but even he couldn't stop you losing hard as he tried. That said, it was the best game I have seen all season in any league. It isn't too often teams actually attack Celtic!
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