First team coach Guillaume Beuzelin (Beuzy) and Marios Ogkmpoe spoke with our reporter Martin McConnell and the general media after Saturday’s draw in the capital…
You must be very pleased with the way your side started the game today?
“Yes, indeed. The last game against Aberdeen was not a long time ago but we started very poorly and got punished 3-1. We made sure that we had a reaction from the lads, we got that reaction but obviously there was a massive turning point with a red card once again. They had to dig deep to get a point but I’m sure with eleven versus eleven we could have won that game.”
Did you think that it was a red card?
“It was a ball over the top and Jamie defended well, anticipated and was the first on the ball just like a good centre half does. Unfortunately he has his hand up and whether it’s intentional or unintentional it’s hard to judge. The referee has to judge and we’re at Tynecastle, so he made a call and I can’t complain that it was a red card.”
Did you think that you’d done enough at the end and that you’re team would hold out?
“Yes, we were close and we conceded four minutes from time. It was one of those that you thought they were going to come back but we held on and held on. But maybe lack of concentration caused us to be punished in the end but the boys done so well and worked so hard trying to get the three points, unfortunately we came away with just a point. But at the end of the day I think we should have won that game “
Is it a concern that Jamie has had three red cards this season?
“A concern? I don’t think so. He’s 17 years old and we never forget that. That’s the very worst position for young lads to come through from after goalkeeper. We think he’s good enough to produce at this level but it’s been tough for him. But there’s no better way for him to learn his trade. I’m absolutely sure from everything that I’ve seen in training that he’s going to be a great prospect not only for this club but also for Scotland.”
If you’d been told beforehand that it would have been a draw, would you’ve taken it?
“No, we came here to take the three points. It was a team that was just right for us and we thought we had a massive opportunity to get them. The gap between them and ourselves, I know they’re a big club but they are where they are and we wanted to come here and win the three points.”
Marios Ogkmpoe, with Alex Gogic translating.
Can you ask Marios what it was like scoring twice in that game?
“We got two goals early on for the team and we felt really good .But that’s my position and that’s what I’m supposed to do.”
You seemed very calm with the penalty. How were you feeling?
“He said that firstly he just wanted to try and relax, stay focused and obviously then to just score.”
The Hearts defender said that Marios got in for his first goal when he stopped to tie his lace and that’s why Hearts got caught out. Is that right?
“Yes, he said that he was tying his shoelaces then he looked up and the ball was there.”
Is a performance like today enough to keep you up?
“Yes, obviously at Hamilton it’s not the first time that we’ve been here and we know that it’s going to be tough. We needed to be strong and today I think that we showed that we have that belief within the changing room that we can do it. We just need that win.”
Did you see it as a point taken or a point lost today?
“If you’d asked me at the beginning of the game, would I take a 2-2? Obviously no. After going two up, they were creating nothing. Then I thought the decision with Jamie was a bit harsh. I haven’t seen it back but I think it hit his arm. When that happened the momentum completely changed. We went from attacking to defending after the twentieth minute so coming away with 2-2, yes you’re happy.”
If the gap had been four points rather than just one then you’d have been a lot happier?
“Yes of course. We’d be pushing harder on the other teams.”
Hearts are not used to being in this position. Have you guys talked about how that can help you?
“No, I think we just focus on ourselves. We do talk about other teams but there’s no point if you don’t focus on what you’re supposed to do. You’ve got to concentrate on what you’ve got to do or it won’t help. We just focus on us and then see what we can do.”
Can you ask Marios how he feels on scoring his sixth goal of the season?
“He says that he’ll feel much better if he can score more and we can stay in the league.”