First Team

Robbie's frustration

28th November 2020

Robbie Neilson admits he was a frustrated man after a smash and grab loss at Alloa meant Hearts exited the Betfred Cup this afternoon.

The Jambos dominated the match at the Indodrill Stadium with 62% possession and both shots and corners into double figures.

Despite this it was the home side that scored the game’s only goal in extra time after a contentious penalty award when Jamie Walker was judged to have clipped Thomson inside the box, and Trouten slotted beyond Craig Gordon.

The manager was less than impressed with the spot kick decision but knows his side should’ve been out of sight long before then.

“We dominated the game, we should have won it by two or three goals at least, but we didn’t take the chances and got done at the end by a bad decision,” he said. “I didn’t think there was contact at the time, I've seen the replay and there’s none at all.

“You'd hope you'd get a referee who’d see that but it ends up being the pivotal moment in the game.

“But the most frustrating thing is we shouldn’t have been in that position in the first place. We dominated the play.

“I always felt we could get a goal the longer it went, and we should have scored, the amount of chances we had, but that’s why we didn’t progress.”