Kirk left disappointed with performance

23rd October 2019

Despite a penalty shoot-out victory over Hibs, reserves manager Andy Kirk was "really disappointed" with his side's performance yesterday.

The wee Jambos faced Hibs in the SPFL Reserve Cup group stage at Meggetland and when the scores were level at 90 minutes, it took a spot-kick contest to separate the two.

"I was really disappointed from start to finish, how we approached the game and how we dealt with a number of issues in the game," Andy said.

"Ultimately, that was down to our own performance. Hibs were, I thought, the better side throughout the game. The disappointing thing was we nearly got there in the end, Hibs get the goal through a poor mistake from our own play."

After Lewis Moore's early volley gave Hearts the lead, it looked like the hosts might hang on - until Bobby Zlamal's mistake left Oli Shaw to head into an empty net in the 91st minute.
However, the Czech keeper stepped up in the penalty shoot-out, saving Tommy Block's effort and winning the bonus point for the current Cup holders.
"They’re an honest group. We spoke about certain things after the game and made them aware that performances like that aren’t going to be good enough for this football club.

"I think it’s something that they’ve got to learn from. The disappointment, and the lack of celebration even though they’ve won the penalty shoot-out, proves that them as a group, and us as individuals, aren’t happy at all with what we’ve seen on the pitch."

You can watch Andy's interview in full on HeartsTV, by clicking here.