Adam Rooney was left cursing his luck after being denied a clear goal and a penalty during Aberdeen’s 3-0 win against Hamilton Accies.
The Dons stormed into an early lead thanks to goals from Andrew Considine and Ryan Jack before Rooney thought he had scored a third four minutes before the break.
Referee Willie Collum and his assistant David McGeachie failed to award the goal, despite television replays showing the ball was a yard over the line. Collum later wrongly disallowed a David Goodwillie effort for offside in a day to forget for the official.
Rooney also felt he should have been awarded a penalty when he was bundled over in the box by Jesus Garcia Tena, who was later sent off for a second bookable offence before Niall McGinn completed the scoring with Aberdeen’s third in the dying embers.
Rooney, who has netted 21 times this season, said: “It’s obviously disappointing, personally, not to be given the goal but, fortunately, we went on to win the game comfortably.
“Of course, it was frustrating as I knew the ball was over the line but these things happen because we don’t have goal-line technology up here yet.
“To be fair, the linesman admitted he’d got it wrong and he apologised to me after the game.
“I should have had a penalty as well when I was power-slammed to the ground. He’s a strong lad. I haven’t seen it again, so I don’t know what they were given a free kick for but I was picked up and chucked.”
Aberdeen are now unbeaten in 12 matches – their best run since 1993 – to move only three points behind leaders Celtic, although the Dons have played one game more.
The victory also made amends for Aberdeen’s last trip to New Douglas Park when they were defeated by the same scoreline in October.
Rooney added: “Since we lost 3-0 here we’ve really improved as a team. We use defeats and bad results to spur us on.
“After losing the League Cup semi-final against Dundee United we’ve looked strong and solid – we’ve had two wins and two clean sheets.
“Hopefully, we can keep this run going in the league. We’re obviously going well but we have a couple of tough games coming up.
“This run is great credit to all the lads and the manager. The supporters have also been great at getting behind us when games have been tight and we want to keep this going for them.”