Hearts manager John McGlynn felt Motherwell goalkeeper Darren Randolph was lucky to stay on the pitch during their goalless draw at Fir Park.
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Randolph caught Callum Paterson with his leg as he collected a high ball in the 13th minute of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash.
The Republic of Ireland goalkeeper's right leg moved away from his body and caught the Hearts striker as he ran past, although it was not clear whether that was because his knee had made contact with Paterson in an initial collision.
Referee Crawford Allan was the closest man on the park and did not appear to think about giving a penalty, but the Hearts players angrily accused Randolph.
Neither manager had watched the incident on television before speaking to the media, and the pair had differing initial views of the incident.
McGlynn said: "We thought his foot was in a place where it probably shouldn't have been, to be honest.
"I don't think the boy was being malicious about it but it could have ended up worse than it actually was.
"I think he maybe got lucky.
"I haven't seen it again, but that's how I saw it. I think his leg seemed to go in an unnatural position.
"I think Callum has actually passed the boy's knee. I think it was his trailing foot.
"He had a sore head at half-time and took painkillers."
McGlynn felt Allan might have taken a different stance if the incident had happened later in the game.
"Without being mischievous, you wonder if that's in the referee's mind," he said. "Rules are rules but sometimes there is a sentiment in the referee's make-up that would suggest 'do I want to do that?"'
Motherwell boss Stuart McCall said: "Hand on heart, I've not seen it again. I'm led to believe it could possibly have been a red card.
"In real time, I thought Daz had come out and collected the ball and they had collided.
"I didn't think there was anything to it.
"Paterson is a brave boy and he goes in where it hurts.
"At the time I thought it was just a coming together.
"I've been told there is a possibility it could have been a penalty kick and a sending-off.
"If that's the case, then we have had a little bit of luck there, but probably the first bit this season.
"We could have had a penalty at Tynecastle just as easily when (Andy) Webster forearm-smashed (Michael) Higdon."
That Tynecastle contest was decided by a solitary spectacular goal from Hearts left-back Danny Grainger, who went off today with a knee injury, but an equally tight contest at Fir Park saw little to raise it above mediocrity.
Hearts slightly edged the first half without having many chances while Motherwell had some decent pressure after the break but their crossing often let them down.
Chris Humphrey had a good effort saved by Jamie MacDonald while Higdon failed to catch hold of a good chance from the resulting corner.
McGlynn described his team's display as a "well earned point" while McCall felt a point was "about right".