HIBS midfielder Stevie Mallan has slammed back at claims he attempted to get TWO Aberdeen stars red-carded in the 1-1 draw at Pittodrie at the weekend.
Curtis Main and Lewis Ferguson were both banished following lunges on the Easter Road player.
A raging Dons boss Derek McInnes confronted Mallan and referee Don Robertson at full-time.
Mallan is adamant he was FORTUNATE not to end up seriously injured by the wild tackles and reckons striker Sam Cosgrove should have joined his team-mates by being dismissed early.
The Hibs ace, speaking to the Scottish Sun, said: “They were rash challenges, but the decision lies with the referee. I’ve not had a part to play in either of them.
“Both of them caught me, I’ve gone down and after that it’s up to the referee.
“You get these types of challenges in games. Derek, as an ex-player, still has that passion and fight. He’s showing he cares about his team. I can’t hold that against him.
“He was accusing me of milking it, telling me to stay on my feet. But he’s trying to defend his own players, isn’t he?
“I’m pretty sure, if it was the other way about, our manager would be doing the exact same.
“I expected that, to be honest. He’s had two players sent off and maybe has a bit of a grievance. He didn’t think they were worth red cards, so he’s shown a bit of emotion after the match. It happens.
“A few of the boys were saying Cosgrove was lucky not to get another yellow, as well. I was on the other side of the pitch, so didn’t see it so well.
“There were a few rash challenges that, on another day, most refs in Scotland would send players off for.
“But I felt the referee got a lot of decisions right.”
Hibs are now third bottom of the top flight after taking points off champions Celtic and the Dons in successive games.