First Team

Opportunities missed

2nd April 2017

Head Coach reflects on defeat to Celtic.

Ian Cathro believes Hearts paid the price for not taking their chances in the first half of their defeat to Celtic.

The Jambos matched their opponents for large periods of the opening 45 minutes and indeed had the better of the play before Scott Sinclair opened the scoring for the visitors.

The Hoops went on to win 5-0 as they secured their 6th consecutive League title, but the Head Coach insists the scoreline does not give a true reflection of the game.

Speaking to the press post-match, Ian said:

“Whenever we play at home our attitude is to go out and attack, irrespective of who the opponent is. Our plan was to go toe-to-toe with Celtic and I think in the first half we did that.

“We’ve probably had more chances in the first half but what they’ve got is some individual players who are of a very high level.

“We continued to fight and push and I don’t think the scoreline in any way reflects that game of football.

“It was a competitive and balanced game in the first half but we need to take our opportunities.

“There’s some individual mistakes in our game which, when you come up against opponents of that level, you will be punished for.”