SPFL reaction: Gary Locke backs Billy Brown after touchline bust-up
Gary Locke defended his Hearts assistant Billy Brown after a touchline-bust up during the win over Aberdeen.
Last Updated: 25/08/13 11:33am
Brown and Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes were sent to the stands after a set-to which followed teenager Jordan McGhee's late winner in a 2-1 win.
Victory was all the sweeter for Locke given he disputed the award of a penalty which led to Aberdeen's goal.
And after the game he said: "The technical areas aren't exactly a million miles apart.
"You think you are a bit harshly done by and then you score a winning goal. Anybody that doesn't show a bit of passion, questions would be asked.
"I didn't think Billy did a lot wrong. His momentum took him into their technical area. I didn't think he could move that quickly.
"It's something out of nothing. We will go and have a beer with Derek now and it will be forgotten. The game was action-packed and I think we should be talking about how good a game it was with two teams who were desperate to get three points.
"There was a lot of quality on both sides and I think we should be talking about that rather than Basher Brown."
McInnes said: "I'm disappointed. I have never seen a member of staff come into the opposition's technical area to celebrate a goal the way he did.
"But as soon as I put my arms on him to try and push him back, I am guilty. I have apologised to the referee. I am disappointed in myself but I was surprised at the reaction."