Posted in Dumbarton FC at 12:00 pm on 19 October 2014
SPFL Tier 2, Tynecastle Stadium, 18/10/14
A curious one this. Hearts were clearly the better team – the best I’ve seen against us in years, just shading Aberdeen in the cup last season – but we didn’t deserve to lose five. On the other hand we did little in the way of attacking in the first half. Andy Graham made the Hearts keeper make a save but that was about it. We definitely miss the Chrisses, Turner and Kane.
We allowed too many crosses in and the first goal came from one of them. The penalty was a penalty. I thought Scott Linton would get to the ball but the attacker was quicker. Danny Rogers touched the ball but he was unlikely to save two inside a week. He had made a great save at 1-0 though.
Second half we came out more brightly and should have had a penalty ourselves when Mark Gilhaney was tripped in the box. For their third we back-pedalled instead of closing down and the guy tucked it away.
Garry Fleming’s goal came when Colin Rhyming Slang headered a corner back across goal from a corner and was finished very well.
Their fourth was from a corner and I was lamenting the fact that we had all eleven men within twenty five yards of our goal. Leave two up and they have to leave three back.
The last was another on the counter immediately after one of their defenders had made a block and dragged the ball with his hand; so we should have had a foul.
Still, I came away thinking we hadn’t played too badly, and not too down-hearted.
It’s a funny old game.