Web reporter Mark Gillespie spoke to Massimo Donati and Garry Woods after the defeat at Tynecstle.
There was understandable disappointment in the aftermath of yesterday’s defeat, which makes it ten goals shipped in two games. Massimo Donati stood in as captain for the injured Mikey Devlin, and was up front about his team’s shortcomings on the day:
“Today was very like last week’s result, he says. “We had kept ourselves in the game right up to half time, and then lost a goal just before the break. We lost an early goal in the second half which makes three goals from set pieces in the second half. It’s very disappointing but we need to stay positive for next week.”
Results elsewhere have tightened the race at the bottom of the table, with Inverness snatching a late point at Partick Thistle, and Donati knows it is now a scrap for every point, starting with a return visit to Ibrox next week:
“There are ten games to go and lots of points to play for. We need to start getting some points and that starts next week. It’s another difficult game, but every game starts nil nil and we know we have a chance if we play to our best.”
“It is important now that we come together as a group and fight hard for our place in the premier league.”
Accies had keeper Gary Woods to thank for even giving them a glimmer of hope into the second half, as he pulled of a string of top class saves in the first half. Debate surrounds the second Hearts goal from a free kick inside the box, with Woods penalised for picking up a pass back after he thought he had heard referee Craig Thomson’s whistle to stop play.
“I thought he had stopped it and so did a few of the other players.”, Woods says, “Maybe it came from the crowd. It’s something that so rarely happens in a game. I have to hold my hands up if it was my mistake and the ref hadn’t stopped the game.”
“Overall it’s been very disappointing for us today. As a team we know we can play a lot better. We have to lift ourselves and move on to next week now and pick up some points.”
Accies will hope to have a few players back for Ibrox, including the suspended Darian McKinnon. Woods also agrees that captain Mikey Devlin’s influence at the back was clearly missed at Tynecastle.
“When you lose your captain it’s a big miss. He’s been fantastic for us this season, but we have players capable of coming in and doing a job too. We weren’t good enough as a team today and need to bounce back, and that starts next week.”