Craig Levein was left frustrated as Hearts lacked aggression in their loss to Hamilton at New Douglas Park.
The Jambos were beaten 1-0 by Aaron McGowan's first-half volley and despite Callumn Morrison going close and David Vanecek hitting the crossbar they could not find a way back into the match.
"It was a frustrating afternoon," Craig said. "We were never under any real pressure at all in the match. In the first-half we didn’t do enough to get into the last third and in the second-half we controlled the game much better but didn’t create enough opportunities."
"Hamilton have got something to protect which makes things a hell of a lot easier. We started the game very slowly and the tempo and passing wasn’t enough to cause Hamilton any problems.
"The second-half was better and we dominated the game for long spells but it was going to be difficult because we gave ourselves a mountain to climb."
It was a disappointing result for the Jambos who, after the international break, face Rangers, Aberdeen, and Hibs before the split.
"My worry in the first half was that our passing was off. The level of competitive edge that we normally have was missing for some reason and I didn’t feel we did enough in the first-half to get into the last third, never mind getting shots on goal or scoring goals.
"The second-half was a lot better but again we got to the final third and our final cross or our final pass was lacking in quality.
"I don’t know why we started the game in a fashion that gave Hamilton some hope. We spoke before the game about second balls and things that are important when you come here and we had been doing that stuff really well, so it was frustrating."