Alan Muir last night made two mind-boggling decisions that helped the scoreline reflect a lot more generously on Partick Thistle.
The Jags only created two genuine goalscoring opportunities yesterday, but they fluffed their lines for both of them. Fortunately, Muir was on hand to make sure they got their consolation in their 2-1 defeat.
In the closing stages, Partick’s Dario Zanatta rounded Fraser Forster. Jeremie Frimpong bolted back to get a timely last-ditch challenge in that seen the ball trickle out of play. It was a stunning tackle, but Muir instead decided to give Thistle a bizarre penalty award.
It also came after Frimpong was blatantly pushed in the box in the first half but never got a spot-kick. The resulting decisions were a poor double-whammy for the Hoops, and some of our supporters haven’t been too pleased on social media.
— Dominik Diamond (@DominikDiamond) January 18, 2020
Frimpong should have got a penalty yet gets one given against him for nothing. Couldn't make it up.
— Wolfe Of Parkhead 🍀🏴 (@ParkheadWolfe) January 18, 2020
Canny believe what I’ve just watched Frimpong pushed over in the box no penalty, Frimpong makes a great challenge in our box penalty awarded 😂 even Craigan says it wasn’t a penalty which tell you everything, the Zombies would be screaming racism 😁
— Griff (@MildooWolf) January 18, 2020
From where Alan Muir was standing he'd have needed the Hubble telescope to see that last ditch tackle from Frimpong….
But see it he did… He reckons 🙄
— Celtic Nation – Bolingoli Chapter (@CelticNation67) January 18, 2020
We need to call Muir out after that. Either he's incompetent or he's a cheat. The two Frimpong penalty incidents show this.
— Liam Reid (@ltreidy67) January 18, 2020
Lennon says Alan Muir told his staff that (from about 50 yds away) he saw Frimpong clip Thistle player's heels… 👨🦯 pic.twitter.com/7Oeb2eq0Fh
— Harry Brady (@HarryBradyCU) January 18, 2020
I thought Frimpong’s last ditch tackle was superb. Clearly got the ball and deserves massive credit. Top class imo 💚👍
— 💚 Celtic 💚 (@Con_Shaunnery) January 18, 2020
Frimpong – blatant foul on him in the box.
Frimpong – makes an excellent last minute tackle.
— 🏴 🇮🇪 🇵🇸 🎗 (@moonman2787) January 18, 2020
Frimpong beats the man……is pushed to the ground… and wins a penalty….owe wait its Scotland….play on…. WOW!!!
— Dom McBride (@mcbride_dom) January 18, 2020
Frimpong lacking luck in the penalty box
You have to feel sorry for Frimpong. Getting shoved to the deck and not getting a penalty for it is bad enough. To then work your backside off to halt a certain goal only to see a wrongly-awarded penalty given? That could push your temper over the edge.
Thankfully, the sting was taken out of the decision by the fact it was game-over. Had it been Morelos committing the foul, he would’ve made a cut-throat gesture it was that late in the game. The fact is the game was won, and the fact that Frimpong was laughing away with a Thistle man just before the penalty was taken showed the players knew it too.
However, there has to be some form of punishment for Muir here. Too often in Scotland are referees simply getting away with poor decisions without any reported consequences. Both of Muir’s decisions were basic. It’s beyond comprehension as to why he didn’t give them.
As for Frimpong himself, it wasn’t the most explosive performance from him. He just seemed to be a little more hesitant in taking his man on. When he did decide to give it a bash he often got beyond him and into some good areas in the box.
It does look as though a little bit of the confidence and arrogance has been knocked out of him. Whether that be down to the defeat to Rangers or both games against them, it could be that he’s suffering his first-ever dip in form.
We all know he’ll get back to where he was in time. Not having a right-winger available to link with is asking a lot of him, yet still he manages to produce some big moments in games. It’s just a shame he was robbed of gaining a penalty and then robbed again in giving one away. Thankfully it meant nothing.