Aberdeen striker Sam Cosgrove has laughably tried to claim that Aberdeen didn’t lose the plot yesterday.
The Dons were hammered 3-0 by Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-finals at Hampden Park. It was a match that was given the big build up, but it proved to be no contest in the end.
Outside of the goals, the main flashpoints were the four red cards Aberdeen effectively received. Both Dominic Ball and Lewis Ferguson were sent packing for nasty challenges. Dons assistant boss Tony Docherty and manager Derek McInnes were also then sent off from the touch-line.
But Cosgrove is in the camp that believes Aberdeen were harshly treated on the day. Speaking in the Daily Record, the Englishman doesn’t feel his side got a fair rub of the green.
“It looks from the outside like have lost control, which we absolutely haven’t. I think Dom’s very unfortunate to be sent off. With Fergie, it’s just a rush of blood and I can’t tell you what happened with the management staff. I didn’t hear the chanting. But it is something that is very high profile at the minute in football.
“I didn’t know Doc had been sent off and then I saw the manager go up to the stands for god know’s what.
“I thought there were a few the officials missed, a few ones off the ball they got away with. We just weren’t getting the run of the green today. I didn’t manage to have a decent conversation with the referee. I tried arguing my case but didn’t get much out of it.”
Aberdeen were overly-physical
At the end of the day, the Pittodrie outfit can have nothing to complain about. They were far too aggressive on the pitch, and it led to a deserved pair of red cards. Had it been the other way around, the Dons would’ve been raging that Celtic didn’t get two reds.
What the likes of Cosgrove are forgetting about Ball’s red is that it wasn’t a 50-50. The ball wasn’t there to be won. Christie had already made his leap for the ball before Ball had even left the ground. It was always going to be Christie who got there, and Ball was late. Therefore, it was a clear second booking.
Ferguson, meanwhile, should’ve been booked much earlier. He was at it with over the top fouls throughout the first 45. His two-footed lunge on Tom Rogic was hardly a surprise given how he was going about his business.
Once again on the big occasion, Aberdeen were simply outclassed by the champions. It’s now five games in-a-row this season where Derek McInnes’ men have failed to beat the Hoops.
Normal service has most certainly been resumed.