Ziggy Gordon shared his thoughts with the media following the 2-0 defeat at Tynecastle…….
Did you feel that the penalty awarded against you was the correct decision?
“First and foremost I’d say that I don’t blame the ref. He’s just maybe gone with the initial reaction that I’ve purposely handled the ball. All I remember is having control of the ball and trying to shepherd the ball out of play or try and win a free kick. All I felt was him tugging at me, steadying myself and then the whistle being blown. If I’m being honest I’m thinking it’s been good play and I’ve got the free kick, then I turn around and see Don pointing to the spot. So I’m mystified. I needed to ask him what it was for, because at first glance I didn’t know what the penalty was for. I’d thought it was a free kick then realised it was for a hand ball. Anyway, I don’t want to take anything away from Hearts as they were magnificent today and much better than us.”
Just in terms of the side’s performance, it was a tough afternoon all round wasn’t it? Obviously second half you had a go, but first half they had you pegged in.
“Yes, I think that they started really well. We didn’t start with the same intensity that we’d hoped too. We had to match Hearts, because Hearts did what we usually do, we like to get in teams faces and make it difficult for them to play. I think that they did that better than us and I’m disappointed with that because that’s one of our strengths not theirs. But they played very well and we didn’t even have a chance in the first half. It’s just not good enough if you’re coming to Tynecastle. You’ve got to be a threat and we weren’t a threat all afternoon.”
Do you think that you were a bit lucky that it was just two today?
“2-0 maybe flattered us. Being totally honest, on chances and taking the penalty away because I don’t think that it was a penalty, on overall chances then they far exceeded us today. They definitely deserved the three points today without a doubt.
Saturday’s match against Motherwell must be huge for you now?
“The result today just means that Saturday’s game against Motherwell is even bigger, that’s all it means for us. It means that we should be even more motivated, it should be an even more intensified encounter. It couldn’t be much bigger at this time of the season and it’s all or nothing for us, and I think that all the boys feel the same about that. It’s a game that we have to be fully concentrated for with every one of us doing our jobs collectively as a team. We’ve got to be a threat, we’ve got to be a threat up top to make other side’s think. At the moment I feel that we make it far too comfortable for sides and are too easy on the counter attack. It can’t go on and I hope today is the last time that I’ll see a performance like that.”
You’ll have to make another change after Shaun Want’s sending off. He was playing well too wasn’t he?
“Shaun’s a young lad and he’ll take a lot from his performance today, including the sending off. It’s just a learning curve and it will make him better and I’ve got no doubt about that. But he’ll just have to roll his sleeves up now and work hard to get back in the team. When the team isn’t doing particularly well and the form isn’t good, it’s hard for the gaffer to pick an XI. He has to go with players that he trusts and we have to show him that we deserve his trust. But I’ve no doubt that everyone will do their absolute upmost to make the gaffer, the fans and their family proud, because that is what it will come down to on Saturday.”