St Johnstone boss Steve Lomas was disconsolate after seeing substitute David Robertson suffer a suspected broken leg in the 1-0 Clydesdale Bank Premier League loss to Hibernian at McDiarmid Park.
Saints had arguably the better of the opening 79 minutes before the game burst into life when Hibs conceded a penalty, which substitute Nigel Hasselbaink saw saved by goalkeeper Ben Williams.
Lomas was sent to the stand by referee Craig Thomson soon afterwards and Paul Cairney added to his woes by netting what proved to be the winner after 82 minutes.
Midfielder Robertson was taken off on a stretcher and Saints captain Dave Mackay was shown a straight red card for an altercation with Leigh Griffiths in stoppage time as the hosts' misery was complete.
Lomas said: "It's been a disappointing night, especially with Davie Robertson getting that bad injury. Fingers crossed it's not as bad as we think. It looked like a block tackle and it looks like he's come off second best. Very disappointing for the lad and for us."
Lomas' dismissal from the touchline came after Hasselbaink took the spot-kick following David Wotherspoon's trip on Mackay.
"I kicked a water bottle," Lomas added. "It was frustration. I said to the fourth official he could've used a bit of common-sense."
For Hibs victory came as welcome relief following successive losses to Dundee and Aberdeen and ahead of the Edinburgh derby with Hearts in the William Hill Scottish Cup fourth round on Sunday.
"It's a big three points for us," Hibs boss Pat Fenlon said.
Not only did Williams save Hasselbaink's spot-kick, but also the rebound from Liam Craig, and Fenlon went on: "The penalty save was a good save, but I think the follow up was a better one. He's been a really good signing and he's made some terrific stops."
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