First Team

Cathro: We should have won

29th April 2017

Head coach admits Hearts had enough chances to win two games in 2-2 draw.

Ian Cathro admitted his side’s defending made it harder than it needed to be today as Hearts twice dragged themselves back to draw 2-2 with ten-man Partick Thistle at Tynecastle.

A late Andraz Struna equaliser secured a point for Hearts, after Isma Goncalves had earlier gotten the Jambos back on level terms from the spot, but with 26 efforts on goal in the match, the Head Coach knew his side should have won it.

Isma missed a glorious chance in stoppage time to win the match when put through on goal, and Ian stated that the striker would feel the disappointment as much as anyone. 

“We feel disappointment, frustration, maybe a tiny bit of shock at not winning that match,” said Cathro. “We feel we did more than enough to win the match, with the chances created, but we make it difficult for ourselves. We shouldn’t need to score 3 goals to win a match here.

“We found ourselves in a position where we had to, because of defensive errors, but that’s a game where we win more often than not. Our attacking was much better today, but we were missing more goals. 

“Isma would get a hat-trick 9 times out of 10 in a game like this, and he knows that. This is a game we should have won, and as the main striker he obviously feels it more than any of us.”

When asked if his side’s finishing had let them down, Ian revealed that the team will win matches easier when they manage to get both ends of the pitch under control.

“You’ve got to reflect on both boxes,” he continued. “Two goals should be enough to win the game, so we need to look at the defensive side. There’s no question we’re always going to make chances, but we’ve got to learn to make our lives a bit easier.