Hearts Out Of The Cup
Hearts crashed out of the Scottish Cup last night when they lost their replay 1-0 to a Ross McCormack penalty at Motherwell.
I didn't manage to make it through last night, but the result didn't really come as a surprise to me to be honest. It's not that I think that Motherwell are a particularly great side (no-one in the league is), but Hearts are still struggling to find any sort of decent form just now and playing against a side who have done well this season, led by an intelligent manager, it was always going to be an uphill struggle in my opinion.
The reports I'm hearing about the game sound very familiar indeed - Hearts absolutely appalling for 45 minutes, looked better in the second when they changed tactics a little, but ultimately weren't physically strong enough to bully a result out of it. Once again I'm assured that our players received very little in the way of protection from the match officials, but without having witnessed any of it for myself it's very difficult to comment. Suffice to say that if the performance was anything like what we've witnessed recently though, I do believe what I'm being told! Even the Radio Scotland commentary team admitted that the decisive goal came from a very dubious penalty, where Eggert Jonsson was adjudged to have deliberately handled the ball.
So is that our season basically up the spout now then? Oh no I forgot - we've got the Mickey Mouse Cup semi-final against The Establishment team to come next week...........great!