Blazej Augustyn endured a tough return to the Hearts starting line-up on Sunday as league leaders Aberdeen put in a clinical display to punish the Jambos at Tynecastle.
A catalogue of mishaps in the first-half essentially ended the game, with the Dons heading into the break 3-0 up, and despite quickly grabbing a goal through Igor Rossi, Hearts couldn’t find that extra gear to recover.
After the match, Augustyn admitted that the team had learned some harsh lessons about their concentration, and conceded that on a personal level, he wasn’t happy with how he had performed.
“Aberdeen are a good team, as you can see,” said the Polish stopper. “They’ve won eight games in a row now, so obviously we are disappointed but we are now going to look ahead.
“Aberdeen played well but we are not as bad as the scoreline suggests. It was three mistakes and three goals, we couldn’t do anything more, but when you’re 3-0 down it’s too late by this point.
“It was only five weeks I was out but I need more minutes to get more confidence. I am not trying to clear myself, so I will try to do my best in the next games.
“We all make mistakes. I don’t want to make any excuses for myself. We just lost it today. We have to try and forget about how bad this was.”
When asked about Hearts perhaps having to temper their expectations following a run of defeats, Blazej stated that while everybody is happy to win games every week, it’s never realistic to assume it will always be that way.
“When you start winning games, everybody wants to win all the time,” he said. “Nobody wins every game, even Barcelona don’t win every game. In the second half, we tried to keep working to change the result but it was too late.”