FRUSTRATED Daniel Stendel admits his rock-bottom Hearts team are running out of time in their battle for survival.

The struggling Edinburgh outfit had to fight back to rescue a point in the 2-2 draw with Hamilton Accies after going two goals down at Tynecastle yesterday.

Second-half strikes from Jamie Walker and Craig Halkett saved the team from a humiliating defeat against the visitors who had to play the entire second-half without the red-carded Jamie Hamilton.

The Jambos have won only one of 11 Premiership matches under the German coach, who took over from Craig Levein before the turn of the year, and remain anchored at the foot of the table, a point behind Accies with 11 games to play.

Stendel, speaking to BBC Sport, said: “The situation from week to week is not getting better.

THE THINKER…Daniel Stendel ponders where it went wrong against Accies.

“We don’t have many games left and every week there is more pressure. We need to sort it.

“It’s not easy because we don’t have so much time. We expected to win this game against Hamilton and we didn’t do it. It’s just one point. The next big game is now St Mirren.”

Stendel bemoaned his players’ “wrong decisions” in a disastrous start as two goals from Marios Ogkmpoe, including a penalty, gave Accies an interval advantage.

The former Barnsley gaffer called for a massive improvement in Friday night’s trip to other relegation rivals St Mirren, who sit three points above the capital outfit in 10th place.

He added: “The problem is not in the legs, it’s in the head. We started very badly. The mentality and the fight in the second-half was great, but our game was not good enough.

“It was two easy mistakes and every small chance is a goal at the moment against us.”


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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