Daniel Stendel believes his team simply weren't good enough in Saturday's 2-2 draw at home to Hamilton Academical.
The Jambos found themselves 2-0 down inside the opening 16 minutes at Tynecastle before scoring twice in the second half to rescue a point against ten man Accies.
“We showed a good mentality to try to come back, and score two goals, that was really good, but that is all that was good today. We didn’t play well, or show a good mentality in the first half. We expected so much more when we arrived today," Daniel explained.
“I said to the players that they have to handle pressure. This is part of professional sport. Two things can help. When players have the ball, they need the feeling from their teammates that they want the ball. It doesn’t matter if it’s difficult or there’s pressure. And when we lose the ball, we need to help each other to stop the attacks from the other team.
“The problem right now is that every small mistake is a goal. When I see the penalty we gave away, there is no chance for Hamilton to score, we have overload, numberous chances to clear and we make all the wrong decisions and give them a penalty.
“We expected to win the game today and pass Hamilton in the table. We’re still one point behind but we can do this on Friday if we win. We started the year well with the games against Airdrie, Ross County and Rangers. Everyone thinks we’re in a good place and two weeks later we’re in a bad place again. I believe we can get this form again, but with every week we run out of time and there’s more pressure, and we need to sort this.”
Finally, Daniel made a point of praising the home support for sticking with the team despite a less than satisfactory performance.
“We have unbelievable support. It doesn’t matter how bad the situation is, it is a gift to have a support like this. I can’t always understand the support they give, because the players can be giving so much more to the supporters.
"I told them to improve their body language, fight in the front, this is the minimum the supporters and I expect of them to change results. Against ten men it’s normal we have more pressure and chances. We had the chance to win this game, but we only took one point which is not what we need."