Livingston Captain Jason Talbot was lucky to escape with just a yellow card at the weekend, as his attempted clearance ended up with him kicking Sam Nicholson in the face.
Talbot missed the ball and with his follow through his studs inadvertently connected with the side of Nicholson’s defenceless face.
The incident occurred on the stroke of half time and the referee deemed the incident not worthy of a red card, with the defender allowed to carry on while Nicholson was removed from the action.
Young Nicholson needed lengthy treatment and was left in need of stitches, with multiple puncture marks on the right side of his face. Hearts manager Robbie Neilson was far from pleased about the incident.
According to the Daily Mail, he said: "Sam is going to be OK, but he has three or four puncture marks on his face. It wasn’t a great tackle and I’ve let the referee know my views on it."
I was far from a dull affair as Hearts extended their lead at the top of the Scottish Championship to 18 points over second placed Rangers. The game had eight yellow cards and a red card. Seven yellow cards were brandished in the first half, with six of them shown to Livingston players.
There was also five goals at the Energy Assets Arena where two late goals from Anderson and Walker ensured the three points returned to Tynecastle with the Jambos. Anderson, who got the goal that put Hearts back in the lead, had come on for the stricken Nicholson, who was forced off due to the nature of his injury.