Kilmarnock defender Brandon Haunstrup bewildered by referee Don Robertson’s call against Rangers

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Kilmarnock defender Brandon Haunstrup was left bewildered by referee Don Robertson’s call to give neither a free-kick nor a penalty in the latter stages of Saturday’s game.

Leon Balogun’s foul on Danny Whitehall prompted appeals from the Rugby Park side for a penalty with Haunstrup irked that there was nothing given. 

“I’m not sure it was a penalty but I heard it was outside the box,” he said. 

“It’s a tough one, when we get penalised for a free-kick up the other end it’s exactly the same thing.  

“The referee even acknowledged it and said it was a foul but it was outside the box. But ultimately he didn’t give a free-kick so it blows my mind.  

 “That’s life, when you’re playing well these things go for you, and when you’re not they don’t. We just need to dust ourselves off and try and lift the morale.”

The only thing that will lift morale for the Ayshire side is points. Firmly in the relegation mire after seven straight defeats, Tommy Wright has his work cut out if they are to survive.

Kyle Lafferty wasn’t fit to play at Ibrox but should be available for the trip to Pittodrie next weekend, another tough fixture for team needing to eek out points. 

“Every team is going to fancy themselves to stay up and get up the league,” he said. “We are one of those teams. Look at our squad. If you are in and about it, you can feel the tightness in there. The boys will fight for each other, they will fight for the gaffer, they will fight for the fans.

“Looking at the table isn’t great.  Looking at our previous results isn’t great. The new gaffer has come in with new ideas to put in place.  We have a new identity  so we’re not conceding loads of goals. We have been unlucky. Even on Saturday, we have been done by a piece of brilliance.  

“All of the lads are raring to go, they have been training fantastically all week.  

“We showed more character against Motherwell than most games, the possession was high and we looked good.  

“Against Rangers we didn’t do enough in the final third, I fancied us to nick something it wasn’t to be.But ultimately, the end picture is staying in the league and getting as high up the table as we can.” 

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