Despite the scoreline, Craig Levein was left pleased by the desire shown from his players in their 2-1 defeat against Aberdeen.
Bobby Burns’ first goal for the club chalked off Lewis Ferguson’s opener, but Greg Stewart was able to bag the winner in the 77th minute.
“These games have been the same every time we have played, which is a tight, competitive and sometimes scrappy game,” Craig said. “And it followed exactly the same pattern.
“Ironically I thought we were having our best spell when Aberdeen got their winner and that was the annoying part for me.”
After a dismal first-half, both sides picked up in the second 45 minutes. Hearts had the better of the second-half chances, but could not find an equaliser.
“There was loads of effort and desire from players trying to prove they should be in the cup final squad which is what I was hoping for.
“It was a decent performance without Uche Ikpeazu, Arnaud Djoum, John Souttar and Michael Smith who are key players for us as well.”
The match also saw 16-year-old Aaron Hickey make his debut, as well as another appearance for fellow youngster Connor Smith.
“I got a lot of things I was pleased with, my face just doesn’t say that because we didn’t get anything from the game.”