Football - Fenlon slams 'shocking' challenge

Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon described Hearts midfielder Ryan Stevenson's tackle on James McPake as "shocking" after a scrappy Edinburgh derby ended goalless at Tynecastle.

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Pat Fenlon, pictured, was not happy with Ryan Stevenson's challenge on James McPake

Hibs consolidated fourth place ahead of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League winter break, while Hearts remained ninth, six points behind their rivals with a game in hand.

Stevenson's reckless first-half lunge on Hibs captain McPake could have changed the game had he been dismissed, but referee Willie Collum did not even book the Hearts midfielder.

Fenlon said: "I've just watched it. It's a shocking tackle. He had a look first before he left the ground. We're disappointed with that. He has a bad gash, James. There could have been a bit of damage there, but he's not too bad.

"But you can't be critical of the referee. I thought the referee reffed the game very well tonight."

Hearts boss John McGlynn said: "I haven't seen it again. I think the referee was in a good position. It's a derby game, it's competitive. In derby games four or five years ago that wouldn't have been an issue."

McPake was involved in two contentious first-half incidents, the other when he attempted to intercept a ball to Scott Robinson, who went down in the area before Andrew Driver shot wide.

During the Dundee derby, Collum let a similar incident go before awarding a penalty and McGlynn felt his side should have had a spot-kick.

McGlynn said: "I'm not suggesting he played advantage, but I thought it was a penalty."

Fenlon added: "I don't know whether James made any contact or not."

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