Ian Cathro admitted his side’s sluggish start and poor defending cost them as the final match played in front of the Archibald Leitch Main Stand ended in defeat to Aberdeen.
Adam Rooney gave the Dons a first half lead, before Isma Goncalves levelled things up, but slack marking from a set-piece saw Anthony O’Connor head the Dons back in front within 3 minutes of the leveller.
“We didn’t get started quickly enough,” said Ian. “We were slow and didn’t show the urgency and courage to take the ball forward. We allowed Aberdeen to defend aggressively as a result. We played forward a bit more in the second half.
“We got ourselves back into the game, and that’s the moment that you need to actually protect the good work you’ve done to recover. We didn’t, we made a mistake at a set play and from that point on, a mood set around things.”
As the team ended the season at Tynecastle on something of a low note, Ian confessed that the fans had the right to be frustrated as the team had not performed to the standards required.
“This is something where the fans have the right to be angry and disappointed with us,” he continued. “The results and consistency normal to Hearts have not been achieved, they haven’t been there.
“We need to be able to do our work professionally and properly, whether or not there’s an air of positivity and negativity and we accept those things, because we want to be here.”
Finally, Ian emphasised that his team has work to do before the end of the campaign.
“The end of the season will be important to us,” said Cathro. “What I’m most looking forward to now, however, is getting back in on Tuesday to start work again. The team next season will be a different one.
“If you want to be the guy who’s standing there when things start to go right, then you need to stand up and face the situation head on.”