ROBERT Thomson has denied diving against St Mirren in Tuesday afternoon’s derby game at Cappielow — insisting he was body-checked by Liam Smith inside the area.

Thomson was shown a yellow card by Kevin Clancy for going over inside the box after a coming together between the forward and his marker, but the 24-year-old is adamant that he was taken out of the game.

And he also reckons he could have had a second spot-kick in the second half after being wrestled to the ground by Stephen McGinn.

He said: “If it’s not a penalty then I don’t think it’s a dive either. I definitely thought he checked me inside the box. I would obviously need to see it again but my feeling is that it wasn’t a dive.

“The second one towards the end where McGinn has a hold of me I think could also have been a penalty on another day.”

The former Dumbarton hitman says the Greenock outfit were content with a point against their rivals because the Buddies are flying at the top of the table right now.

But he maintains that if any team was more likely to nab all three points it was the home side in the ascendancy.

He added: “St Mirren are top of the league and we knew that going into the game. But there hasn’t been a lot between us in any of the games we’ve played against them this season.

“It’s a derby and whoever is up for it more can win it on any given day. I think we seen that because it really was a game of two halves.”