Brad McKay: Hearts striker Juanma is a diver

Brad McKay opposes Juanma
Brad McKay opposes Juanma
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St Johnstone defender Brad McKay accused Hearts new boy Juanma of going down too easily in yesterday’s Tynecastle encounter.

The pair were at loggerheads on several occasions, with former Jambo McKay implying that his Spanish opponent was trying to con referee Steven McLean.

“Juanma’s a physical player but the littlest touch and he goes down,” he said. “He’s always holding the back of his head and rolling about the place, trying to win free-kicks and penalties.

“I don’t think he’ll be able to keep doing all that here. He did well with a couple of goals but I don’t think anyone in Scotland appreciates when a player goes down so easily.”

McKay and Juanma squared up following a coming together in the second half. “We had a wee tussle but, as a defender, I don’t mind stuff like that. I don’t think he liked it, mind you, but he’ll just have to get used to it.”

McKay endured a miserable return to Tynecastle after his early slip allowed Juanma to open the scoring in a 4-3 Hearts win. “It was a game I was looking forward to so it’s a shame it’s gone how it has,” said the 22-year-old. “I made a bad mistake – I just took a touch and I slipped. It happened early doors so I just had to get on with it.

“We were strong going forward, but giving four goals away is criminal. If we defended better we’d have won. Every goal came from something that shouldn’t have happened from our point of view.”