First Team

Stevo: Story of our season

10th March 2014

Ryan Stevenson disappointed as old habits return to haunt Hearts.

Ryan Stevenson vowed that Hearts would go down fighting in the event that time runs out on the Jambos' battle to avoid the drop.

Hearts sit at the foot of the SPFL Premiership table after Saturday's 4-2 defeat to Kilmarnock, when Kris Boyd's double condemned the Jambos to a second defeat at Rugby Park this season.

Despite going in at the break level thanks to Dale Carrick's neat lob, some haphazard defending saw Killie take a 3-1 lead within 5 minutes of the restart. Stevo admitted this kind of lapse had plagued the side all season.

"During the first half I didn't think we were in any danger at all, but it's probably been the story of our season," he said. "The first time they really go up the park and put in a cross it goes in off Danny Wilson.

"We managed to get ourselves back into it and went in at half-time comfortable", he continued. "We felt if any team was going to get the second goal it was going to be us. We knew that the form Boyd is in, given half a chance he can take it and hurt you.

"We had a crazy five-minute period at the start of the second half and we are 3-1 down before we even knew it. That left us with a mountain to climb but then again we got ourselves back into it before giving away another sloppy goal for the fourth. We have nobody to blame but ourselves. We have conceded eight goals in the last two games and it's not good enough."

With the spectre of relegation looming large on the horizon, Stevo was bullish in his outlook, and claimed that Hearts wouldn't go down without fighting until the last moment.

"If it's going to happen, it'll happen. The biggest thing for the players is that we don't go down and just accept it's happening."

"We have nine games left and the least the club and the fans deserve is that we give 110 per cent in those games."