Another loss at Tynecastle
Report of match Heart of Midlothian 4 Motherwell 2 played 15th September 2002
The Tynecastle hoodoo strikes again as we lost a two goal lead to suffer a 4-2 defeat. Goals from Lehmann and McFadden could not prevent Hearts from taking a convincing victory.
McFadden shimmied past Steven Pressley before hitting the byline and crossing deep to the back post. Lehmann set himself as the ball came over and he hit a textbook volley past McKenzie.
The Hearts defence was struggling to cope with our dangerous crosses and McKenzie had to look alert to punch away a deflected Sengewald header. However, the second goal was not to be delayed for long. Lehmann and Sengewald combined to head a corner back across the goal and McFadden was perfectly placed to score with a header into the corner.
Hearts instantly stepped up the pace and had pulled one back before half time. Mark de Vries was the key to almost everything Hearts did and he got them back into the game when he headed home a free kick.
We could have gone in 3-1 up at the break but Dirk Lehmann couldn't beat McKenzie from a tight angle.
Terry Butcher would have warned his players to expect Hearts to come out all guns blazing in the second half and we simply couldn't cope with them. Whether we were tired from Tuesday's exertions or the midfield could not cope under pressure without Pearo and Leitch is up for debate. Whatever happened, we were swept away by a better team in full flow and if it was not for some excellent goalkeeping and defending we would have been on the end of an embarrassing scoreline.
The first chance fell moments into the half but de Vries missed his header and when Kirk appeared behind him he could only watch in disbelief as Sengewald cleared his header off the line. The equaliser was only delayed though and when Kirk was given a free header from eight yards he made no mistake.
Three magnificent saves from Woods kept us level but with eighteen minutes to go, Hearts scored the winner. Valois' cut back evaded a number of players before finding Boyack all alone. He took a touch and then slammed the ball past Woods.
We managed to force a couple of corners and free kicks but we did not look like recovering any of our lost points. The match was put beyond us when a long ball sent Kirk clear and he beat Woods to seal the game. Indeed, had Woods not produced a sensational save from a Valois volley, the score would have been even higher.
We should not be too downhearted at this result. We were missing two of our most important players and we should never expect anything at Tynecastle anyway. We have taken bad beatings from worse Hearts sides than this. As it is, we are still comfortably mid-table and if we can recreate this performance next week we have a good chance of taking something from East End Park.
|Competition: Bank of Scotland Scottish Premier Date: Sunday, 15th September 2002 Kick off: 15:00 Venue: Tynecastle|
De Vries 35
Kirk 64, 77
|4 - 2||Motherwell
|Mark De Vries||7|
|Jean Louis Valois||8|
|10||Andrew Kirk (Wales 79)||8|
|14||Gary Wales (Kirk 79)|
|3||Stevie Hammell (Russell 88)||6|
|2||Shaun Fagan (McDonald 61)||6|
|Derek Adams (Ferguson 81)||6|
|1||Steve Ferguson (Adams 81)|
|15||Iain Russell (Hammell 88)|
|Kevin McDonald (Fagan 61)||4|
|Hearts cards shown|
|50 mins||Scott Severin||Professional foul|
|65 mins||Andrew Kirk||Dissent|
|Motherwell cards shown|
|34 mins||Stevie Hammell||Professional foul|
|49 mins||Daniel Sengewald||Professional foul|
|68 mins||Derek Adams||Professional foul|
|90 mins||David Partridge||Dissent|