DONS defender Mark Reynolds knows better than most how hard tussles with Hearts can be.
He has only recently returned to action after suffering a broken nose in the 1-0 league win at Pittodrie on December 12.
Reynolds had to have his nose reset by a specialist after a clash of heads with Hearts striker Juanma.
The Aberdeen vice-captain isn’t complaining, though.
The Dons were just happy they stood up to the physical challenge to take what proved to be three vital points.
Reynolds also made it clear he will be happy to put his head in where it hurts again when the sides meet at Tynecastle on Saturday in the Scottish Cup.
“It was just one of those things that happen in games,” he said.
“My nose has actually ended up being better than it ever has been.
“I broke it six or seven years ago playing for Motherwell and was left with a big massive bump on it when it was reset.
“I got it pretty straight myself when I tried to reset it this time on the park. When I was younger I was always told it would be better to reset on the pitch, so that’s what I did.
“But it wouldn’t stop bleeding – it was flowing constantly.
“When I saw the specialist the following week she told me an artery had been caught in the break and it was bursting every time I moved.
“She numbed it up, broke it again and swung me about the room by my nose to reset.
“That was worse than breaking my nose but it’s fixed now, which is great.”
Reynolds is happy his face now has some extra battle scars to underline how willing he is to suffer a bit of pain for the cause.
“They say you need that to be taken seriously as a defender,” he said.
“It’s a hazard that comes with the job.
“I’ve had a bust a lip and did my shoulder as well, so I’m well used to having to put up with a bit of pain.”