First Team

Skipper's embarrassment

17th December 2018

Christophe Berra admits he and his teammates are hanging their heads in shame after Friday night's defeat to Livingston.

It was a night to forget for the boys in maroon, however, the Skipper believes it's one that is certain to live long in his memory - for all the wrong reasons. 

“Friday night just wasn’t good enough for Hearts and everyone should be embarrassed. It’s not what I wanted and it’s not one for me to remember. I’ll try and forget it very quickly — although it’s a night I’ll probably never forget," Christophe explained.

“Getting beaten in any game is hard to take but there are ways to lose. It was schoolboy stuff, not seeing a game out. We played into their hands after they scored first from the penalty.

“When I came in after the match I was past angry. Sometimes results go beyond that. There will be harsh words said by the press and the fans and rightly so. We knew how difficult the game would be, but we gifted them their chances — we should hang our heads in shame.”

“The first goal was a penalty, there's no doubt about that. The sending off was soft though, he actually got the ball.

“I don’t think Arnaud deserved a first booking either. But the red card is no excuse. We lost rubbish goals, we lost a couple of goals playing into midfield where they are strong and they are all over you like a rash.

“We started the second half better and they weren’t causing problems. But then they got the penalty and everything fell for them and we were chasing the ball when we shouldn’t have been.

“At 1-0 we should have stayed tight and tried to nick a goal. Losing the ball in the middle of the goal when we were wide open was poor.

"Everything they hit went in and that has brought us back down to earth. Last week against Motherwell we ground it out and showed a good team spirit to dig in but Friday night was the total opposite.”

“We’ve got some strong characters, even if we didn’t show that against Livi. We know what we are capable of. We defended for our lives against Motherwell and put bodies on the line.

“But the Livi match was open and individuals were playing within themselves and chasing the ball when we didn’t need to, especially after we went to ten men. Livingston have had a great season but based on the way we started the season, we should be better than that.

“You have to earn the right to win games though and we didn’t do that. But if we go to Pittodrie and win it could be a different outlook.”