Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson believes his side should have been awarded a penalty during the 1-1 draw with Hearts at the weekend.

The spoils were shared at Tynecastle, with third-placed Well mathematically securing a top-six finish, and Hearts losing ground in their bid to secure their Premiership safety.

Motherwell’s draw with Hearts means they’re now just one point clear of Aberdeen (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

With Aberdeen victorious against Hibs, Motherwell’s lead over the Dons has been cut back down to just one point.

The result at Tynecastle was perhaps fair in the end, but Robinson reckons his side were unlucky not to be awarded a spot-kick for Zdenek Zlamal’s challenge on Jermaine Hylton.

He told the club’s official website: “I thought it was a good performance. We’re a bit disappointed we didn’t come away with all three points coming to Tynecastle.

“Their lowly league position doesn’t suggest what kind of quality they’ve got in the team.

Robinson felt Zlamel’s challenge on Hylton was a penalty (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

“[Liam]Polworth had a great chance with a header, Chris Long had a great chance with a header and Jermaine’s [Hylton] shot the keeper makes a save – credit the goalkeeper it’s a world-class save.

“That’s a penalty, all day long it’s a penalty – it’s a two-footed tackle on Jermaine.”

Motherwell unfortunate

Robinson is right to feel aggrieved; it was certainly a clumsy challenge from Zlamal and penalties have been given for much less this season.

It was a big moment in the game – if given and Motherwell had converted, Hearts may not have gotten back into it.

A 2-0 scoreline might have seen the hosts capitulate as they would have needed to really commit players forward, and who knows if the decision will cost Motherwell come the end of the season, with Aberdeen now hot on their heels after beating Hibs.

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