Hearts manager Robbie Neilson branded yesterday’s 2-0 defeat by Motherwell “one of the worst games” he’s seen for a while as he was left disappointed by his side’s performance at Fir Park.

Goals from Connor Shields and Rickie Lamie either side of the break saw the Steelmen grab a vital three points as they denied Hearts the chance to split the Old Firm and climb into second place in the Premiership.

The Hearts boss thinks Motherwell’s celebrations at the full-time whistle show how big a game it was for Graham Alexander’s side, admitting his side needed to handle the pressure from the Fir Park side.

“We came here, it is a big game for Motherwell, you could see at the end the way they were celebrating,” said Neilson.

“We have to handle it. We know it is going to be direct, second balls, free-kicks, you give them the lead they are going to kill the game so you live and learn.

 

“I am disappointed. I didn’t think we played well today. It was probably one of the worst games I have seen for a while. The game didn’t flow, it was free-kick, throw-in, corner, free-kick, throw-in, corner and we couldn’t get any flow in the game.”

Neilson confirmed he spoke to referee Willie Collum after the game was over after his side were denied a penalty shout in the first 45 but after already being banned this season, the Hearts boss wanted to avoid any further issues.

Lamie and Josh Ginnelly made slight contact in the area, but the Hearts gaffer seemed to be fairly cool over the decision, admitting things could have gone either way after a 90 minutes he confessed “wasn’t pretty.”

“I don’t know, you had no idea what was going to happen at any point in the game out there the way it was,” he added. “It could have went for us, it could have went for them, it could be play on, it was one of those days. It wasn’t pretty.

“I spoke to the referee [Willie Collum] at the end. I have already been banned this season so there is no point saying anything. The game is done now.”

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