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Hearts' McGowan defends himself as he faces SFA ban

Heart of Midlothian's Ryan McGowan believes Hibernian's Ivan Sproule 'made a meal' of a confrontation between the two on Monday.

Australian defender McGowan, who scored the opening goal in his side's 3-1 win in the Edinburgh derby, appeared to push his head towards Sproule when the pair clashed which saw the Hibs winger crash to the ground.

McGowan could be suspended for two matches if Scottish Football Association Compliance Officer Vincent Lunny decides he has a case to answer for violent conduct but the Australia U23 international has denied any wrongdoing.

"He's just made a meal of it," said McGowan. "He (Sproule) just fouled me and you can't just stand straight up when you get up from the ground. I've come up and I was going to go towards him, but he's gone towards me. It's more just him walking towards me and me trying to get up."

Apart from that incident, McGowan and his Hearts teammates enjoyed another derby win at Easter Road which the 22-year old will remember forever after netting his first goal for the Jambos.

"To win at Easter Road is a special thing, but to get on the scoresheet with such a screamer is even better! I saw Andy Webster go up for it and the 'keeper spilled it. It was probably going in but I was making sure I was getting my head to it," he added.

"I've been in the crowd a couple of times at Easter Road and I just know how much all the fans love it. I couldn't think of a better way to score."

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