Motherwell assistant Kenny Black calls for video refs

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KENNY Black admitted he allowed himself a wry smile when Leigh Griffiths’s ‘goal’ wasn’t given on Sunday, as Motherwell had suffered the same fate the last time they entertained Hibs.

Back in October ’Well were beaten 4-0 by the Easter Road men, but things could have been very different had Stevie Hammell’s effort crossing the line been spotted by referee Iain Brines.

’Well assistant boss Black said: “I was at Easter Road on Sunday with Gordon Marshall and to me it looked like a perfectly good goal, but the referee and the linesman only have a split second to see it and if they’re not 100 per cent sure they can’t give it.

“Much the same thing happened to us against Hibs earlier in the season and teams will probably get three or four such incidents throughout the season.

“However, I don’t think that means we need to introduce goal line technology, but I don’t see why the fourth official can’t have a monitor next to him to have a quick look at.

“It isn’t just goals, could also be for penalty claims or any other controversial incidents, some people might say it would take too long, but realistically you are only talking maybe a maximum of 20 or 30 seconds.”

‘Well host Hibs on a Friday night for the third time and Black hopes they enjoy better luck than on the previous two occasions, the aforementioned 4-0 loss and last season’s fire which caused the game to be abandoned.

He said: “It’s strange how these things work out and it has been decided we should play a Friday night game against Hibs once again.

“We can only hope things go better for us this time, and I am confident they will as the Ross County performance apart we have been in decent form.

“We were a little concerned after the trip to Dingwall with Celtic and Hearts coming up, but we beat both of them, and then took a deserved point from Aberdeen on Saturday.

“We have now almost secured a top six spot and once we have then we can start looking at matching last season’s third place.

“That is the main aim, but to do one better and finish second would be fantastic.

“Playing on a Friday night isn’t such a bad thing, as while there isn’t a full card this weekend, if we can already have the points in the bag by the time Saturday comes around it puts pressure on everyone else.”

Black was delighted to see Steven Saunders make his first appearance in almost a year as he made a late substitute appearance at Pittodrie.

He said: “Aberdeen had brought on Josh Magennis and Rory Fallon and we felt we were lacking a bit of height so decided to give Steven a run-out and I’m sure he enjoyed his two or three minutes on the pitch after so long.

“We’re delighted to have him back, he’s still going through his rehab, but had made three or four appearances for the under-20s and has been on the bench for the last few games and just needs to be a little more patient before he’s back fully.”

‘Well expect to have a full squad to choose from on Friday with Shaun Hutchinson free of suspension and Chris Humphrey and Fraser Kerr likely to have recovered from injury and illness respectively.

Black said: “I reckon that we should have everyone available as Shaun has now served his one game ban and while Chris and Fraser couldn’t travel to Aberdeen both are coming along nicely.”