Hibs boss Jack Ross believes he may be wrong to not have been angered by Marc McNulty and Paul Hanlon’s spot-kick spat.
The Easter Road pair were involved in a squabble over who should take the penalty in the 5-2 Scottish Cup quarter-final win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
McNulty picked the ball up after being hauled down by Kevin McHattie in the first-half at 0-0, only for the skipper to grab the ball off him and shoved him out the road.
Mark Ridgers then saved the defender’s spot kick, with Hibs now unsuccessful in their last three attempts from 12 yards.
Ross claimed he didn’t notice his players arguing the toss, but isn’t overly concerned if his team are going to keep scoring five goals despite penalty misses.
“I’ve always been relaxed about it as a manager,” he said. “Maybe I shouldn’t be because we’ve missed three in a row.
“You have to feel good about it on the park at the time. The three who have taken them have felt good.
“Paul is a good footballer, technically very good, better than most in the squad when it comes to striking the ball.
“I don’t hold with this idea that a defender shouldn’t take a penalty.
“We’re just going through one of these periods. Hopefully we score one soon and put it to bed.
“I genuinely didn’t see them arguing about it. It was still going on at half-time I think but I don’t mind that. We’ve got players who are hungry for success and there’s a lot of that in the group just now.
“We’re creating a lot and scoring a lot. The variety of scorers helps, the quality of the goals was good.”
Opposite number John Robertson was adamant his side should have had a penalty of their own at 1-0 after a perceived foul on Carl Tremarco by Paul Hanlon, and was left rueing big moments that didn’t go their way.
“It’s a clear penalty kick,” he said. “Carl Tremarco is brought down. The ref hasn’t seen it and we’re two down.
“You need luck.. And that’s where it deserted us. It’s a penalty kick. A clear, clear penalty.
“And, if he gives it, it’s a red card because the player is not attempting to play the ball.
“Hibs might have had a penalty early on but the penalty they get is never a penalty, they both have a handful of each other.”