Despite the disappointment from Saturday’s loss both Darian MacKinnon and Rakish Bingham drew some positives going into next week’s game at St Johnstone. Web reporter Mark Gillespie spoke to them after the match.

“They’re a good side, a top six club, and we’ve gone and battered them for 70 minutes. It’s disappointing we haven’t taken anything from the game. We’re all gutted but come Monday morning we’ll be ready to go again. We don’t dwell on these things, and after a performance like that for 70 minutes I think there’s plenty of positives”, MacKinnon said.

“I’ve no idea why we had such a slow start. We need to start games better, but it was a good response to going two goals behind. I didn’t think Hearts should have had a penalty. I’ll need to see it back. Some you get and some you don’t. We played well in the second half but they’re an experienced side and they managed to hold out.”

In a fiesty second half MacKinnon involved with Hearts’ Jamie Walker over a touchline tackle, but the Accies midfielder brushed off any lingering ill feelings after the match.

“Listen, these things are part of the game. Jamie’s a good kid, but there was an incident where he’s blatantly dived. He was probably thinking I was going to go through him but he knows there wasn’t any contact. But there’s no hard feelings from it and we move on.”

“We usually do OK up at Perth performance wise, but we’ll need to take the 70 minutes from today into the full game next week and we’ll hopefully get the three points.”

Rakish Bingham grabbed his fourth of the season but agrees Accies need to start games better to take anything from games.

“It was great play by Temps to get half a yards space and play the ball across the box, and I was there to get on the end of it.”

“We didn’t do ourselves any favours in the first 15 minutes and made it difficult for ourselves, but we gave ourselves the best possible chance to get back in the game. We had a bit of momentum going into the second half but we can’t afford to start like that.”

“Next week will be tough at St Johnstone, We can take positives from the second half performance and hopefully start the way we ended the game today.”