Berwick boss Colin Cameron felt that the peculiar red card shown to Paul Currie at Stirling Albion turned the game.
“We’ve been really good when we’ve scored the first goal,” he said, before explaining that the dismissal allowed the home side space and time to exert pressure on his team.
“I didn’t see the incident, but I do know that Paul had committed a few fouls that he hadn’t been booked for up to that point,” he continued.
“He and the ref were having a real tête-à-tête, a proper running discussion, and maybe, I don’t know, the ref’s gone to get one up on him there.”
Cameron believed during the game, having spoken to referee Nick Walsh at the break, that Curries was dismissed for “inciting the home fans”.
When mention was made of Stirling Albion’s policy this season of placing unruly members of their own support beside away fans with no segregation, Cameron was puzzled and perplexed.
“Well, if they’re doing that, then I think the chances of incidents like this are only going to be increased,” he said.
“Especially when it’s the younger fans put next to the travelling fans, because they’re more, likely to get wound up.
“This is just ridiculous.”
Paul Currie took to Twitter to air his grievance after the game, saying: “Feel sorry for the Berwick fans today . They were different class and didn’t deserve to witness there [sic] team Lose today. #refereesnotuptojob”
But his manager wants his side to focus on their final fixtures.
“I’ve told the players to get this defeat out of their system and then to forget about it for next weekend. Then it’s all about getting a result at Elgin.
“I did talk to the chairman when we got back to Berwick, about appealing the red card, but the only thing we’ve heard back so far is that we can’t appeal the offence Paul got sent off for.”