First Team

"We cost ourselves a cup final"

3rd February 2014

Jamie MacDonald makes no excuses in aftermath of Hearts' penalty defeat to Inverness in Sunday's League Cup semi-final.

Jamie MacDonald admitted Sunday's defeat to Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the Scottish League Cup Semi-Final was a sore one to take.

Despite leading after 94 minutes, with two extra men after Caley had seen both central defenders dismissed, Hearts ended up losing the tie on penalties in a heartbreaking defeat.

After the match, the Gorgie goalie put on a brave face as he met with the media to discuss the game, but failed to hide his despondency at letting the lead slip.

"That's as sore as it gets", said Jamie. "It's always bad to lose a shootout, but losing the equaliser in stoppage time to 9 men is worse. We had a great opportunity and it's passed us by".

"We knew they would be hard to break them down, they were going to sit in. The first 10 minutes we were doing well but the crowd got on our backs a little bit, and the boys got a bit nervous and started making silly mistakes, and to be honest Inverness had more chances than us with 9 men."

Making matters worse, Jamma almost managed to save Nick Ross' last-gasp equaliser, getting a good hand to the ball before seeing it spin over the line before anyone could get to it.

"I had to double back on myself and threw myself at it, but I turned round and I saw it spinning slowly into the net but we should have had the game won", he explained. "Everybody's devastated. We were 30 seconds from a cup final and we've cost ourselves big time."

"Every player wants to make a cup final, but especially here, with the season we've had, it would have been a real lift for the boys after a hard season but it's just something we'll have to learn from."