Football - McGlynn's crying over Ryan

Hearts boss John McGlynn believed Ryan Stevenson was harshly sent-off as they slumped to a 3-1 Clydesdale Bank Premier League defeat away to Dundee United at Tannadice.

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Midfielder Stevenson was shown a straight red card by referee Willie Collum for a 25th-minute challenge on United winger Gary Mackay-Steven which left the Jambos facing an uphill struggle.

Goals from Johnny Russell, Willo Flood and Michael Gardyne made Ngoo's 76th-minute strike a mere consolation.

McGlynn said: "The sending off killed the game, and it was probably a very good game for 25 minutes or so.

"The few people I have spoken to who have seen it on TV think it was harsh. We will have a look at it once we get some video coverage but it didn't help us.

"According to Ryan, the lad [Collum] says that he never touched him but that is the rulebook and he has to go with the rulebook.

"The players feel if you go into a tackle when you are on the ground you can hardly go with your studs on the ground.

"It is hard enough losing a player for an experienced side to cope with but we're not an experienced team.

"We had a lot of young players out there so it was hard going.

"We gave ourselves a chance through Michael Ngoo's goal late on but I can't fault the players too much for their effort."

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