Liam Fox has called on his players to take a gamble more often, after the U20s fell to a 2-0 defeat at Hamilton Academical last night.
A first-half brace from Andy Ryan was enough to see off the Wee Jambos at New Douglas Park and although the U17s coach was happy with his side’s workrate, he knows they have to stop continually looking for the “perfect pass”.
Speaking to Hearts News after the game, Liam said: “It was quite a frustrating night, the first-half especially. Hamilton can be quite aggressive and in your face but I felt that the boys stood up to that, but we didn’t really show our quality on the ball until the second half.
“We got them in at half time, had a word and I think that the second period was much better. It was more positive, we were on the front foot and I thought that we dominated the ball. We had a lot of it and created opportunities but the final thing we did with the ball kind of let us down, whether it be the final cross, the final decision, final pass or shot.
“Sometimes you need to gamble. We need to put crosses in to the area and make teams defend. But it was a lot better in the second half.
“I can’t fault their effort, attitude or commitment. It’s just about continuing development. Results are secondary – it’s always nice to win and it’s a good habit to get into – but it’s about individual improvements and their learning and development.
“I think sometimes they need to take that gamble and sometimes they need that bit of luck. But you also need to create that luck. We had decent possession in decent areas but sometimes we were maybe looking for the perfect ball instead of just taking the ball out of our feet and putting it into the box, or getting 20, 18 yards out and having a shot at goal. From there you might score, you might get a deflection or it gets saved and you follow up with the rebound. If you don’t buy a ticket then you won’t win the raffle.”