Dundee boss John Brown probably thinks his mind games have worked, but from listening to the commentary it seems we were just absolutely awful. We were horrendous in the first half, improved a bit at the second before losing a penalty and a man. After that I stopped listening!
It leaves us eight points clear of Dundee who still have three games to play as they host Aberdeen tomorrow. After today it's not inconceivable that we could lose our final two games, so we really need to hope the Dens Park men drop points somewhere in their last three fixtures. It would be a remarkable feat if they pulled it off and if we go down we have no one to blame but ourselves for absolutely bottling it. Today's result and performance has left many fans wondering about the future with Danny Lennon in charge, but we'll leave that debate for another day.
There were two changes to the side that drew at Hibs last week, Lee Mair replacing Graham Carey and Kenny McLean surprisingly coming in for John McGinn. The first half seemed a shambles and we were lucky only to be two goals behind at the break. The first game when Esmael Goncalves gave the ball to Jamie Walker and he strode forward unchallenged before scoring a screamer, the second when Kevin McHattie scored a free-kick thanks to poor goalkeeping, a poor wall or a bit of both.
By that point we'd hooked David van Zanten and put Sam Parkin on and at the start of the second half we began to press a bit, Parkin seeing his header cleared off the line. Then Hearts broke, McLean fouled McHattie inside the box, he was sent off and Jamie Hamill rattled in the penalty.
After that it was a game over. We had a couple of efforts cleared off the line while we didn't concede any more, so at least the goal difference didn't take a pounding. Overall a shocking day at the office and you really wonder how we'll respond if we still need a result next week - or on the final day against Kilmarnock.
Let's just hope Aberdeen can do us a favour tomorrow.
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