First Team

Hamilton: We must improve

19th December 2016

Hearts goalkeeper admits team failed to reach their high standards in Partick draw.

Jack Hamilton admitted Hearts had failed in their task on Saturday as they were held to a 1-1 draw with Partick Thistle at Tynecastle.

Despite taking the lead against the Jags in Saturday’s encounter through Bjorn Johnsen’s fifth goal of the season, the Glasgow side equalised in the second period and created further chances to take the lead.

The visitors were denied by Scotland stopper Hamilton, who produced a magnificent performance between the sticks and after the game the man of the match reflected on proceedings as he confessed the performance was not good enough.

“It’s our job to win games, and against Thistle we didn’t,” said Jack. “When things are good, they’re good, but everybody goes through a wee rough spell.

“We haven’t performed well in the last two matches but did before then against Motherwell and Rangers. There were so many positives so we have to get back to that.”

Saturday's match marked the home debut for the new management team of Ian Cathro and Austin MacPhee, and Hamilton insisted that the changes hadn’t affected the side, the team just hadn’t been good enough.

“The new gaffer has come in and not changed much. He’s got his ways he wants to play and will start introducing that over time. It was just one of those days, it just didn’t go our way. 

"These are the games we need to win if we want to do anything in the league. If we want to finish as high as we can, these are the games we need to go and perform in.

"We had a few good few spells but it’s about doing that more often in the match. We should be capitalising on these games.”