First Team

Start killed gameplan

23rd November 2019

Austin MacPhee admits that Hearts’ gameplan went out the window after Kilmarnock’s quickfire three-goal salvo at Rugby Park this afternoon.

The Jambos found themselves 3-0 down after 16 minutes thanks to Chris Burke’s brace, either side of Eamonn Brophy’s header.

Interim Manager Austin revealed the manner in which the goals were conceded left both coaching staff and players angry and killed any chance of repeating the performance level reached against St Mirren prior to the international break.

Speaking to HeartsTV, he said: “It was a crazy eight-minute period for us. We’re very disappointed in the way that we’ve lost all three goals. 

“We were all angry at half time to be on the back foot within an eight-minute period when the game was quite end-to-end at that moment.

“We’ve shot ourselves in the foot and that’s what we talked about at half time. The players were as angry as I am.

“In the second half we needed and early breakthrough to try and get into the game. Although we managed to get on the front foot, Kilmarnock defended very well.

“When you go behind in that period, so quickly, it means that a lot of things that you work on have to go out the window.

“You have to chase the game more, you have to make changes, adjust the shape of your team and that’s the frustration as well, that we didn’t give ourselves a chance to get the rhythm and the performance that we got against St Mirren.”

Austin’s interview is available to watch in full on HeartsTV by clicking here.