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Smith admits ref was right
02 Nov 2009 - 10:17:00
Rangers manager Walter Smith begrudgingly admitted that the referee was right to abandon Sunday's game at Dundee United when his side were leading 1-0.
Steven Davis' 29th-minute strike had given the visitors the lead before heavy rain led to referee Mike Tumilty calling off the game at Tannadice at half-time.
The abandonment on safety grounds left Rangers four points adrift of SPL leaders Celtic in third place.
"Obviously we're disappointed the game got called off, but as far as we're concerned, the referee's decision is one I think is correct and was a difficult one for him to make," said Smith.
"There was water starting to lie at the bottom end of the pitch and he felt it could be a danger to the players and I don't think anybody can argue with him there.
"Obviously, we were disappointed - so was the referee - I felt he had an excellent game today in difficult circumstances.
"We're obviously delighted we got through it without any injuries, but the disappointment from my own point of view is that we went one up and we find ourselves in a situation where the game gets abandoned."