Steven Naismith frustrated by 'immature' Hearts in cup semi-final defeat

Hearts had chances but couldn't score in their 2-0 loss to Rangers.

Hearts boss Steven Naismith has revealed his frustration at his side’s ‘immaturity’ in their 2-0 Scottish Cup defeat to Rangers.

A double from Cyriel Dessers settled the semi-final at Hampden, in a game where Hearts saw plenty of possession but were unable to inflict real damage on a side that had lost to Ross County and drawn with Dundee over the last week.

Rangers goalkeeper Jack Butland was called into action to a couple of saves but Naismith was annnoyed his team didn’t have more clean-cut chances.

He put the failure down to an ‘immaturity’, and said players made the wrong decision in attack too often.

“I’m frustrated and disappointed with the outcome,” he said. “That is the overriding emotion.

“We got off to a terrible start, we can’t lose a cheap, early goal like we did.

“But the reaction from then until the second goal was good.

“I thought we controlled the ball a lot, created opportunities and what you see is our immaturity in the final third.

“We had four or five really good situations and we either pick the wrong option, or the wrong pass or we don’t get the finish.

“And these are moments when we must hit the target or make the goalkeeper make a save or score a goal.

“That is the biggest frustration for me because we get good opportunities that we didn’t take and the goals we conceded were cheap.”

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