Hibs assistant John Potter has blasted back at Jim Goodwin’s claim that Ryan Porteous has “a habit of winning cheap” fouls.

The St Mirren boss accused the Easter Road defender of conning Kevin Clancy into awarding a penalty against St Mirren in Saturday’s 2-2 draw in Leith.

Martin Boyle fired the home side 2-1 ahead from the spot kick after Porteous went down under a challenge from Matt Millar at a corner.

And, although St Mirren hit back late on through Joe Shaughnessy to win a point, Goodwin wasn’t mincing his words after full-time.

He slammed Porteous saying: “He has a habit of winning cheap free-kicks over the years. Some might say he was clever but the referee needs to see what's going on and not give the penalty.”

Potter was having one of it though and said: “I know Ryan. I work with him every day and it was a stonewall penalty kick.

“He has been grabbed. It’s his job to try and move and get on the end of the ball and he’s been grabbed with two arms.

“He was brought down a couple of times last year and they were proved to be penalties. He’s a physical player and he’s a threat to the opposition so he is marked tightly.

“If people are going to get too close to him and grab him and give away penalties then so be it. Ryan is a threat in the opposition box. He scored one but it was called offside and he got a penalty. His job is to cause problems.”

Hibs are looking to book a FIFTH successive semi final spot when they take on Dundee United at Tannadice in the Premier Sports Cup on Thursday - and build on the Scottish Cup Final defeat to St Johnstone in May.

James Scott is back in the squad and Scott Allan is pushing for a starting spot after turning in a man of the match display off the bench in the draw with Saints.

Potter said: “That’s what Scott’s good at. He’s an important part of our squad and he performed very well when he came on: we’d been a bit flat in the first half and he picked us up a little bit.

“Scott has had to be patient but like we say to everyone else when he gets his chance he has to take it. He’s right in the mix.

“At a club as big as Hibs, you’re expected to finish high up the league and get to the semi-finals and finals of the cup competitions.

“We were disappointed on a few occasions last time out but you’ve got to be in it to win it so it’s good for us and our fans to be involved in the latter stages but we need to take care of business on Thursday night first.

“This is our biggest game of the season so far and it’s one we want to win. We have a full squad available so we think we can hurt United if we play to our strengths. We’ve trained well in the last few days and it’s up to us to keep that going.”