STUNNED Hearts Head Coach Ian Cathro admitted his players “failed to fight hard enough for the shirt” as they were blown into Scottish Cup oblivion by Hibs in last night’s 3-1 replay trouncing at Easter Road.
Cathro has recorded just 4 wins from his 13 games in charge as pressure mounts on the Head Coach after last night’s cup exit at the hands of their fiercest rivals.
The holders were too good for their Premiership opponents and swept them aside on their way to a quarter-final meeting with Ayr United.
Cathro said: “That’s quite a few backward steps and we’ve got a lot of making up to do to a lot of people.
“Maybe the mistake has been us overestimating the stage we are at as a team.
“We lost those situations earlier in the game and caused a very hurtful evening for a lot of people.
“I didn’t see it coming, of course not.
“Fight, second balls, 50-50s, individual things, that’s what our problems were. We accept that, we feel it, also. I feel it.”

Cathro sent his players out early before the second-half kicked off and made two substitutions, but, with his team trailing to goals from Jason Cummings and Grant Holt, the game was already lost.

The Tynecastle fans booed their team off at the interval and many left before the end of the game.

Cathro admitted his side had regressed from recent progress and took full responsibility.

He added: “Maybe the mistake has been us overestimating the stage we’re at as a team and forgetting slightly that we needed to focus on the more simple, basic things in the game.

“One hundred per cent, that’s my job, that’s what to do. I want to step up and do that. We overestimated where we are and we need to find solutions to it quite quickly.

“We’ve not done enough on the pitch to respect the club, so we have a lot of things that we need to fix. And we will.”

Hearts return to league duty on Saturday with a trip to Partick Thistle before hosting Ross County on Wednesday.


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