Gerrard frustrated with “two points dropped” at Tynecastle

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard viewed a draw at Tynecastle Park on Sunday as two points dropped.

The Gers conceded early on to a Ryataro Meshino strike after six minutes, before equalising through Alfredo Morelos shortly before half-time.

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A win would have put Gerrard’s side outright top in the Scottish Premiership, but the point leaves them level on points with Celtic and with an identical goal difference.

“I don’t think we played well enough to win the game. I see it as two points dropped right now,” he said.

“We never started the game well enough, I thought we were poor in the opening exchanges and were lucky not to be 2-0 down.”

“I thought we reacted quite well and done well to get back in the game. Overall going forward we just weren’t at it. It’s a frustrating game.”

“You’ve got to come to a play like this (Tynecastle) with the right focus. Hearts aren’t going to give it to you. Craig (Levein) is going to have them fired up to try and make it a physical encounter and I thought his players were terrific. They maxed out for him.”

“With all due respect, you see the team (Hearts) and we should be fired up more than that. To be successful we’ve got to come to places like this, and if we’re not there (with a performance) we can still win 1-0.”

His opposite number Craig Levein was the happier of the managers with the point.

The point sees Hearts climb above their city rivals Hibernian into tenth place, but still without a home win so far this season.

“I’m pleased,” Levein said. A little bit irritated about the way we lost the goal at a set piece but the commitment, the effort and the competitive edge was there. It was very apparent we needed that.”

“In every game you want to do two things well, you want to defend properly and attack with a real threat. The worst you want to get is at least defending properly and being committed and competitive. I thought we did that.”

 

 

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