Shiels - Hearts are cowards

Forward unhappy with Hearts tackling and physicality

Dean Shiels: Hearts tackling dangerous and players cowardly

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Dean Shiels has labelled Hearts as dangerous and cowardly after a bad tempered affair at Tynecastle.

The Kilmarnock striker was repeatedly kicked during his side's 1-0 win on Saturday in which he scored the winner from the penalty spot.

On Sunday night the Northern Irish forward launched a scathing attack on the Edinburgh club and their players.

Ian Black was red carded within 16 minutes for a wild tackle on Shiels and the Killie striker has accused him of endangering fellow players with his tackling.

He told the Daily Record: "The way Black goes in, he's borderline a lot. He tackles dangerously and injures a lot of people.

"You have to be sharper than him and I was or I would have got hurt. If you study the way he tackles, it's there for all to see."


Shiels also blasted Danny Grainger by branding him a coward after the Ulsterman was face down when Grainger's studs landed on his back.

He added: "He stamped on me. That's a coward's way out. Stamping on someone on the ground? You can't get much lower than that."

Rudi Skacel was also singled out for criticism after the Czech midfielder spent the match "screaming and following over," according to the forward.

Shiels father and Killie boss Kenny also chipped in accusing Hearts of being, "the most aggressive team in the SPL."