First Team

Isma: Too many missed chances

1st May 2017

Isma Goncalves feels the responsibility after missed chances denied Hearts all three points.

Isma Goncalves admitted he has played his missed chance “over and over” in his mind as Hearts couldn't find the winner at home to Partick Thistle on Saturday.

Isma scored from the penalty spot to make it 1-1, before Andraz Struna’s last-gasp leveller secured a point, but Isma knows with the amount of chances the team - and he - missed, it should have been more than a point.

“I know I missed some chances, I’m really disappointed,” said Isma. “When you’re a striker you have days like this so I must live with that. The goalkeeper played well. I have to show in the next few games that I’m strong mentally. 

“I was looking to score another goal and give us a win. I didn’t give up. I kept working to look for another chance. 

“I have played it over and over in my mind but I must move on. If I keep thinking about that chance, it will be bad for me. It’s done, it’s finished, I didn’t score so I move on. 

“We created a lot of chances and it’s good for strikers. Now I must work to finish them. We scored twice but in other games we have scored four. It was the best game for creating chances.” 

Despite dropping points, the striker felt that the team had played well in the final third, but that their finishing was what let them down.

“If you watch this game and compare it to the other games we played at home, I think we are much better. We are reaching a point that the coach wants. 

“You always expect to win games but in football you never know what’s going to happen. That’s why it’s beautiful.

“Of course it’s getting difficult and it’s disappointing for our team. I think, with the spirit and the way we played, we can be a little bit happy. “

Lastly, Isma revealed the team would not give up on their hopes of qualifying for Europe, even though a six point deficit with four games left looks to be extremely challenging.

“It was a good effort from our team but it’s still disappointing because St Johnstone won. It’s getting difficult but it’s not impossible. Until it’s impossible, we will keep working.”