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Referee missed incidents, says frustrated Alan Stubbs

By Staff Reporter

Hibernian head coach Alan Stubbs' frustration with a 2-1 derby defeat by Hearts was compounded by what he felt were two flashpoints that the officials failed to spot. Stubbs was disappointed with the way his side defended during a four-minute spell that earned Hearts three Scottish Championship points at Tynecastle.

Sam Nicholson nutmegged Scott Robertson before firing home a brilliant strike in the 76th minute and the Hibs midfielder then brought down Prince Buaben to earn a second yellow card before the Hearts player got up to slot home the penalty.

Hibs skipper Liam Craig had missed a first-half penalty and Stubbs felt his players had failed to collect what they should have done from the game.

But Hibs were annoyed that Osman Sow was not penalised for a first-half elbow that left Michael Nelson with a wound above his eye. The Hearts striker was sent off for an elbow on the same player with two minutes left, just before Farid El Alagui pulled a goal back.

Stubbs said of referee Willie Collum: "I've no qualms about the penalty, you can't put two hands on someone and push them. I'm not going to hide behind any decisions. But I think he missed one or two things.

"I think the lad has put his head on one of our players at the end, so it will be interesting to see what happens with that.

"I think before the elbow incident, there were a couple of other flying elbows."

Hearts head coach Robbie Neil said on Sow's red card: "I need to have a look at it but he's 6ft 4in and he's an awkward guy when he's challenging for the ball.

"We maybe need to look at his arm position but I know 100% there will be no malice if he does catch him."

He added: "It's very difficult to jump for a header without using your arms."

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