Kevin Kyle has labelled Aberdeen's Zander Diamond "a big baby" and accused the defender of trying to get him sent off in Hearts' 1-0 win over the Dons. Kyle scored the only goal of the game less than 40 seconds into the second half, but claims he may not have been on the pitch had Diamond's reaction to a 15th-minute clash been seen differently by referee Mike Tumilty. The official handed out seven yellow cards in a physical encounter, but opted only to speak to Kyle on that occasion. The former Sunderland and Coventry striker said: "I've scored the winner but he's tried to get me sent off. It was just a long ball up the park, I've come across, won the header and he's screamed like a big baby and rolled about on the ground. He's tried to get me sent off and within 10 seconds he's up on his feet, so what's wrong with him? It got me so wound me up because I get kicked from pillar to post every week and I take it on the chin. I get up and get on with it, and to see that from another professional is crap. If the referee had seen that differently, I might not have been on the park.There's no better way to repay Zander Diamond than to score the winner."
Reflecting on the game as a whole, Kyle said: "I think we deserved it. For the whole ninety minutes I thought Hearts were the better team. We passed the ball well in the first half, but it was a bit scrappy with silly free kicks and a bit of play-acting going on. At half-time the gaffer said to keep going the way we were going and the goal would come. Sure enough it came quite early in the second half and that settled everyone down. Once we got the ball down and started creating chances we had the better chances of the two teams. It's good to come up here and get the three points."
Meanwhile, Dons boss Mark McGhee feels the best is yet to come from his side after seeing Paul Hartley, Sone Aluko and Andrius Velicka return to action. He said: "Our season hasn't really started yet. There's enough of the season left that we can only benefit from these boys being available. We can only improve and we will improve, I'm convinced of that. I remain very optimistic about the potential of this team to do well this season. All three came through fine. Of the three, Andrius looked the most like he needed the game and the quickest way to get him is to play him. It might take him six, it might take him ten games but he'll work hard and when he is fit, we can only benefit from having him."