First Team

Should have closed it out

7th February 2016

Robbie Neilson left frustrated after 2-2 draw against Hibs.

Robbie Neilson lamented his side’s inability to close out the match as Hibs came from 2-0 down to draw a dramatic Scottish Cup tie at Tynecastle.

Superb first-half strikes from Arnaud Djoum and Sam Nicholson put the Jambos ahead, but two goals in the final ten minutes from Jason Cummings and Paul Hanlon earned Hibs a replay at Easter Road.

“I’m disappointed. I thought we dominated the game in the first half without creating too many chances,” said Robbie. “It’s two poor goals to lose, but it’s happened now so we can’t dwell on it.

“We have another big game ahead of us now, and it’ll be a real money-spinner for both clubs, as well as a game for the fans to look forward to."

The Jambos were put under further pressure as they lost influential players to injury, with both Prince Buaben and Alim Ozturk requiring substitutions before the 50th minute mark.

Despite the setbacks, Hearts could have won it in stoppage time, with a Niklas Gunnarsson clearance hitting his own crossbar, before Blazej Augustyn’s header was cleared off the line.

“We had a couple of guys carrying knocks through the game. Losing Buaben and Ozturk early didn’t help matters, and then Djoum had to go off as well.

“We only started playing again at 2-2 and had a few chances, but it’s too late by that point. We should have been doing it at 2-0, not once they’d levelled it.

“If you’re 2-0 up at home in a derby, you have to see it out. Now we’ve got to go up to Ross County and try to put a team together, we’ve got a lot of injuries and suspensions, but we’ll try and win the game.”