Not over yet, says Robbie19 August 2022
The Jambos were defeated 2-1 in St. Gallen on the night, with Lawrence Shankland opening the scoring after 22 minutes before two quick-fire goals from Adrià Guerrero and Blerim Džemaili wrapped up the scoring.
With the tie still firmly poised ahead of the second leg, the manager was pleased with his side’s performance at the Kybunpark.
“I thought the players were outstanding today,” he told Hearts TV.
“We started the game well, got the goal, and losing those two goals in quick succession rocked us a wee bit. The boys responded really well, to come here against the Swiss champions with talented players – a really good team – and we held our own.
“We created chances and yeah, we rode our luck at times, but that’s part of football. We’ve got a chance: we go back to Tynecastle next Thursday and with 20,000 fans screaming their heads off – it’s going to be an entertaining night.
“I’m pleased for Lawrence to get off the mark in Europe; it’s great for him and great for the players. The two goals are disappointing and we should have stopped them; a direct ball over the top for the first and a cross we should deal with for the second.
“They were very clinical and it’s a learning curve for everyone at this level. We don’t have a lot of guys who have played at this level but we showed that we can hold our own and we can take confidence from that going into next week’s game
The gaffer was also full of praise for the noisy travelling Jambos that made the trip to Switzerland to back the team, and spoke of his hope to give the fans an exciting second leg when we take on Zurich under the Gorgie lights next Thursday.
“The fans were outstanding,” he added.
“From the minute they arrived, they were here hours before the game, and even when the subs were doing their running – they’re still cheering them! I’m sure they’ll have a magnificent night and next week, when we’re back at Tynecastle, hopefully we can give them something to cheer about.”