Feb 20 2013 By Andrew Weston
Wishaw boss John McKeown felt his side deserved to take Maryhill to penalty-kicks on Saturday in their West of Scotland Cup round two clash.
In a tale of three penalties during normal time, Wishaw were denied at the death when Robert Boyle barged into a Maryhill player inside his own box, with the visitors slotting home the resulting penalty.
It came after Maryhill had taken an early lead from the spot before Chris Faulds did likewise at the other end to level things up on half an hour.
McKeown said: “In my opinion, I thought all the penalties were soft but it was hard to see and the referee had a better view than me.
“The penalty in the last minute was a horrible one to concede.
“We dominated possession in the first half without creating too many chances and in the second they probably had more of the ball although we had two one-on-one chances which we failed to capitalise on.
“I felt hard done by because the lads put so much into the game.
“I was gutted to lose it but earlier in the season we got thrashed 6-2 by Maryhill, so we have come a long way since then.
“We need to take the positives because it was a penalty that was the difference and we had a few guys out injured.”
This weekend Wishaw take on local rivals Newmains United on league duty.
United have failed to win a league match since October but despite their struggles McKeown expects a tricky game.
He added: “I don’t think Wishaw are in a position to look down our noses at any club. We know the hard work it has taken to get away from the bottom.
“Newmains are so close to getting results and they are never a walkover.
“I have had them watched and seen them at close quarters myself. They do really well in games and just fail to capitalise on chances.
“Ian Rankin will have them fired up and they will be desperate to beat us.
“Derby games are always important and we will be fully focused.”
McKeown will give late fitness tests to a number of his first-team squad, including Ryan Mackie who pulled a calf muscle against Maryhill.
The venue for Saturday’s game has yet to be confirmed.