Mark Kerr was left unhappy with the penalty Hearts were awarded on Friday night as Ayr United were beat at home for the first time in the Championship this season.

The Honest Men were beaten 1-0 by Hearts as Liam Boyce dispatched a second half penalty. But the spot-kick itself was a talking point, Andy Halliday firing a shot off Jack Baird’s hand and off the Ayr defender’s hand.

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Boyce scored the deciding goal for Hearts (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Hearts boss Robbie Neilson was booked for his protests on the touchline in the first half but it was Kerr left most disappointed with the officials during the second: “I have only seen it quickly but it doesn’t look like a penalty, it’s not great.

“It didn’t look like a penalty and everyone who has given us feedback has said it wasn’t a penalty. I just think the behaviour on the side before that, I don’t think it influenced the referee because any handball seems to be given just now.


“But it is hard to take that we haven’t taken something from the game. It would be unfair on the referee to say he was influenced by that but sometimes you think when you behave like that it would go against you – but it has actually worked for them.

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The Ayr United boss was perplexed. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“It wasn’t a bad game and I was actually quite happy with how the first half went. There were just a few things that never fell for us. We want to take points and we didn’t want to lose our unbeaten run at home. That’s hard to take in the manner we did. This won’t define where we will be and we keep the spirit.”

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