Football - Game not rough north of the border - Dayton

Kilmarnock winger James Dayton insists the treatment dished out to him which saw two Motherwell players sent off last week is not the standard Scottish fare.

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The Rugby Park forward was on the receiving end of two wild lunges from the Steelmen's Fraser Kerr and skipper Keith Lasley in the closing stages of last Saturday's 2-0 home win.

Referee Steven McLean produced a straight red to both assailants, leaving Stuart McCall's men to complete the game with just nine men.

But Englishman Dayton says the type of wild tackles he faced are not the typical of those produced by defenders in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

Dayton, who will line up for Killie at Tynecastle on Saturday for the side's SPL meeting with Hearts, told Press Association Sport: "It's not the usual treatment I get. I wouldn't say people come out to kick me.

"Sometimes you do get kicked, everyone gets kicked, everyone takes a bad tackle. It's just part and parcel of the game.

"Last week was just more out of frustration on their behalf than anything as they were losing the game.

"It was a one off - the SPL is not that type of league. It doesn't get the praise it deserves as there is some good footballing teams up here and some very good players. It's not all about kicking people.

"And in any case, the referee was right on top of it last week. He was firm and that is definitely what you want to see happen. For me Steven is up there with the best."

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