Hearts boss Robbie Neilson fumes over Ben Woodburn’s weekend booking

Hearts manager Robbie Neilson says a booking for Liverpool loanee Ben Woodburn against Ross County was a ‘shambles.’

Referee David Dickinson deemed that the Liverpool talent had gone down too easily in the final minute of the first half, but Hearts are adamant there was contact from County’s Jordan Tilson. Hearts drew 2-2 in Dingwall as they maintained their unbeaten Scottish Premiership start.

Woodburn was booked. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Neilson insists that Dickinson made the wrong call as the Gorgie club prepare an appeal: “It’s a shambles. I think it was water on the brain from the referee. We’ll appeal it and get it. I just don’t like the idea. If he’s going to book someone for diving it has to be absolutely blatant.

“There can’t be any grey area. It soils someone’s reputation to say they are diving. We will be appealing it and I’d like to think the referee will look at it and change his decision. It puts the boy [Woodburn] under pressure for the rest of the game. He makes a tackle ten minutes later, probably a yellow card, but he [Dickinson] bottles it.

“I thought we actually played really well in periods and moved it well. We got into some really good areas and probably should have scored more goals. But we lost two scrappy goals in the first half. We like to try and win every game, but we couldn’t quite do it.”

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