Hibs boss Paul Heckingbottom has been left licking his wounds following a major derby setback.

A Stevie Mallan strike in the second half put Hibs a goal up. Instead of building on that, his side crumbled, losing two goals as Hearts ran out 2-1 victors.

A disappointing afternoon. (Photo by Callum Landells/Getty Images)

It’s a major disappointment for the Hibees boss and now some fans have completely turned against him.

The man himself says he has been left ‘angry’ and ‘upset’ by the loss.

He told Sky Sports: “We should be hurting. I should be standing here talking about a great bit of quality from Stevie Mallan and some big performances from players.

Heckingbottom’s dejected after derby defeat. (Photo by Chris Vaughan – CameraSport via Getty Images)

“But I’m not. I’m stood here upset, angry and disappointed with the result we’ve come away with.

“We were the better team at 1-0 up and we had big opportunities on the counter, but didn’t work the keeper enough. When there’s only one goal in it, things can happen. It’s frustrating.”

Heckingbottom has a mountain to climb at Hibs now after derby woe

After a positive start to Heckingbottom’s reign and a new owner in Ron Gordon, the sunshine was shining brightly in Leith only a few months ago.

Dark clouds over Leith. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Now with the club in 11th, an under pressure manager, disgruntled fans and a misfiring squad full of talent, a bleak situation is unfolding at Easter Road.

Heckingbottom has a mountain to climb now. With matches against Aberdeen and Celtic in the league next, they could soon find themselves with an uphill task to make the top six.

He has registered just one win in six so far and it’s hard to see when the next one will come. Some fans have made their opinions clear and it remains to be seen whether the board feel the same.

His job will surely be under scrutiny. (photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

The Hibs boss is clearly hurting after this and speculation will intensify over whether he is the man to take the club forward.

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