The St Mirren defender conceded a Ryan Kent penalty claim | Tech US News


MARCUS Fraser admitted St Mirren cost St Mirren their second win of the season against an Old Firm club on Saturday when he gifted Rangers a late penalty with a reckless challenge on Ryan Kent.

Fans of the Paisley outfit were furious when referee Kevin Clancy awarded the visitors a spot-kick after the incident was watched on a pitchside monitor at the SMiSA Stadium.

The England winger, whose team was trailing 1-0 at that stage of the game, was initially shown a yellow card for diving by the match referee.

Rangers captain James Tavernier scored to level the Premiership clash and the visitors picked up a point when Clancy blew the final whistle.

Fraser admitted St Mirren, who he helped beat Celtic 2-0 at home in the Championship in September, were denied victory by his foul.

Asked what his reaction was when Kent was yellow carded by the referee, he said: “I think I was a bit confused.

“Look, Kent is sharp and I kind of jumped in too fast. I tried to stop and we collided knee to knee. When he went to the monitor I knew he was probably going to give it.

“I just got out of the situation. I walked to the halfway line and let everyone else do the talking. At the end of the day, the judge will decide when to go to follow-up.

“You just have to wait and see what happens, to be honest. It’s one of those – sometimes you get them, sometimes you don’t. You have to be careful with these kinds of challenges.

“As I was replaying it in my head, I thought I should just stop, put my body in and block it. But I stuck my leg in and it was knee to knee. You should just put your body up and see it out of the game.”

Fraser added: “Obviously I was disappointed with myself and the team. I felt like I let the guys down a little bit because I don’t think we’ll even admit it to be honest.

“During the game, Trev (St Mirren goalkeeper, Carson) made a save in the first half and a save in the second half.

“Also, I think we had control of our box. There were no shots on our goal. We were comfortable. That was the only way they could score a goal. I’ll take it on the chin.”

Fraser helped St Mirren nullify the threat posed by Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos and winger Kent until penalties were awarded.

“The last three have been around him (Morelos) all day,” he said. “When he got a big touch or the balls went towards him, the three of us were like a rash around him. We worked on this in game preparation and luckily it worked.

“Yeah, I thought Strainer (St Mirren right-back Ryan Strain) was excellent against him (Kent), especially in the first half. Even in the second half, he hunkered down and raised that wing towards himself. He treated him really well.”

St Mirren can be satisfied with their performance until the World Cup break; Stephen Robinson’s side are seventh in the Premiership table, just four points behind third-placed Aberdeen.

So can they secure a place in the top six or even a place in Europe when club football resumes next month?

“We have to continue as we are,” Fraser said. We also need to improve our away form (they have only won one of their six away games in the league). If we can raise that 50 percent, it will be fine.

“The manager told us that we just need to improve that away form. We play the same at home and away, things have gone against us. If we improve away form, we will definitely be looking for a better table.”



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