Tony Watt: Hearts forward has booking overturned on appeal

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Tony Watt's booking against Hamilton has been overturned

Hearts striker Tony Watt has had the yellow card shown to him for simulation against Hamilton Academical rescinded on appeal.

The Scotland cap, 22, was cautioned after going down in the box following a challenge by Accies' Shaun Want.

But the Scottish FA has overturned the booking shown by referee Craig Thomson.

The Tynecastle side won the match 3-1, having trailed early in the second half, as Jamie Walker netted twice - including with a second-half penalty.

That spot-kick was awarded after Sam Nicholson was challenged by Want and came shortly after Hamilton's appeal for a penalty following Igor Rossi's tackle on Dougie Imrie was dismissed.

Accies player-manager Martin Canning suggested football should consider introducing a challenge system like tennis to try to resolve issues around controversial penalty decisions.

Earlier this season, Walker won and scored a penalty against Celtic and was subsequently banned for two games for diving.

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Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson insists his side's attacking threat is the main reason they have won four penalties so far this season.

"We're a team, especially at Tynecastle, who dominates possession and have more shots and more penalty-box entries than anyone else in the Premiership," he explained.

"So we are going to get in situations where we're one v one with players and opposition players are going to make mistakes with their tackles, so there will be penalties in the games we play.

"We just hope the referees aren't looking back and seeing instances in the past.

"When you win games, people are always going to have a nibble at you. We've gone in the space of two or three weeks from being called big physical, aggressive players to now being lightweight and falling down in the box.

"That's what happens when you win football matches. People ask, 'Why are they beating us? Why are they sitting second in the league?'

"The reason is that we've got a good team with good players who get themselves in positions to put people under pressure."

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