Kilmarnock's Michael Nelson sympathised with Paul Cairney after his penalty-box tackle on the Hibs star resulted not in a spot-kick but a ban. With the game level in the second half after Hibs striker Eoin Doyle had cancelled out Paul Heffernan's opener, the former Partick Thistle player was shown a yellow card by referee Bobby Madden after going down in the box when challenged by Nelson, the caution taking him over the disciplinary threshold which brings a one-game ban.
Nelson denied admitting it was a certain penalty but said: "There was contact but how far down he was when the contact was made, I don't know, we will have to see it again. "As he slipped the ball to the side he was already going down. "It could have gone either way but the referee seen it so I am not going to argue.
"But it is probably doubly harsh that the lad got booked as well. "Just because the referee doesn't think it was a penalty doesn't automatically make it is a dive so I think it is harsh when it happens to people. "It might lead to the lad getting suspension further down the line so he probably feels hard done by and we wouldn't feel too happy if that happened to us. "But by all accounts there was a penalty (for us) in the first half when (Mahamadou) Sissoko was pulled back at a corner."
Killie boss Kenny Shiels accused Cairney of making deliberate contact with Ryan O'Leary to win a penalty which was converted by Leigh Griffiths in Hibs' 2-1 win when the two sides met in September. Cairney, however, insisted that there was no ambiguity about Sunday's claim. He said: "I don't care what people say, I know it was a stonewaller.
I have seen it in the replay and it was a stonewaller. "The boy caught me. I am an honest player and I asked the boy after the game if it was a penalty and he said yes so that was disappointing.
"Obviously the referee thought it was a dive but it definitely wasn't so I was disappointed it wasn't a penalty."
As for his forthcoming ban, he said: "It is disappointing especially when we have got a lot of good players.
"If somebody comes in and does well I will just have to fight hard to get my place back."