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10 May 2013 06:01
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Toshney still angry at Pawlett

Dejected Dundee defender Lewis Toshney insists Peter Pawlett's diving ban has done nothing to reduce his relegation pain.

The Dark Blues' stay in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League was cut short after they failed to beat Aberdeen in last Sunday's 1-1 draw.

John Brown's side were denied the crucial victory when the Dons levelled through Niall McGinn's disputed second-half penalty. Referee Alan Muir blew for the spot-kick when Pawlett tumbled at Toshney's feet, but TV pictures later showed the decision was suspect.

Then on Wednesday, the Scottish Football Association announced the Aberdeen winger had accepted a two-match suspension for simulation.

But Toshney is still angry at the way his side's fight for survival was killed off.

He said: "I knew at the start that I didn't touch him. Right away, I knew the referee had made a bad decision. He's played for it and now he's got the two-match ban, so he's got what he deserves.

"We were all gutted after only managing to get a point and then getting relegated, but Pawlett's ban doesn't change anything for us. It doesn't take away from the pain of relegation."

Toshney moved to Dundee on loan last summer but, while the Dens Park side are destined for the Irn-Bru First Division, he is now preparing to return to parent club Celtic after the SPL champions took up an option of a 12-month extension to his contract.

The Scotland Under-21 central defender still has no inkling as to whether he will be part of Neil Lennon's plans.

He said: "I don't know if Celtic want to keep me for another year or sell me on. I just need to go back for pre-season, give it my best shot and hope I can get in the team.

"I would be more than happy to come back here again. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here and the fans have been great with me.

"Dundee have given me so much experience and I would definitely come back for another spell."

Toshney spent six months on loan at Kilmarnock last year and will face his old side again when Dundee round off their home fixtures against Kenny Shiels' men.

The the 21-year-old added: "All the boys are fit and ready and we want to go out on a high by beating Kilmarnock on Saturday and then Hibs on the final day."

Young Kilmarnock striker Ross Davidson has targeted a starting role in the remaining games of the season after finally forcing his way into boss Kenny Shiels' plans.

The 19-year-old was handed his first start for the Ayrshire club in last week's Clydesdale Bank Premier League game against Hibernian.

The match was abandoned after supporter James Haswell collapsed in the Rugby Park stands with a suspected heart attack and, sadly, later died in hospital.

The youngster hopes Shiels will keep faith with the same group of players when they travel to Dundee.

He said: "There are a few games to go and I would like to start those games but I just have to do what I can do and hopefully impress the manager.

"Hopefully the manager keeps the same team because I thought the team did well. We will just have to wait and see how things go."

On the tragic circumstances surrounding the last match, Davidson added: "The game was stopped and we were all told to go inside.

"I looked over and saw the fan being treated. It was quite hard for the players to take.

"The guy was actually from where I stay and I'd see him at a lot at the games."

Life-long Killie fan Davidson believes the combination of a productive loan spell at Airdrie, and the guidance of some of his boyhood heroes, means he is now better prepared to stake a claim.

He said: "It's the club I've supported since I was a wee boy so it was brilliant to get a game in front of the fans.

"I looked up to players like Garry Hay and James Fowler when I was younger. In training, they speak to you a lot and they help you on and off the pitch.

"I was at Airdrie for a month and did well there.

"I was going to go back out but it didn't happen so I've been trying to push myself to get into the team here.

"I felt as though I became stronger because I was playing with physical players in the First Division and that helped me quite a bit."

Source: PA

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