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Jefferies rues lack of goals
Published : 06 May 2010 09:38:34
Hearts manager Jim Jefferies admits the manner in which his side missed out on Europe emphasises their chronic problems in attack.
The Gorgie outfit's bid to seal a Europa League place effectively ended on Wednesday night when they were held to a goalless home draw with Dundee United.
Jefferies said: "When it comes down to the goals tally, you can see that's worth the extra point. If Hibs lose on Sunday we could end up level with them but the goal difference has been a problem this year. "
Even though the Tynecastle side can still finish level on points with fifth-placed Hibs ahead of Sunday's final game of the season at home to Celtic, their fierce city rivals' goal difference is 11 better than Hearts'.
Chances were few and far between against United and even when the home side did have a sight of goal, they failed to make the most of the opportunity.
The lack of confidence among the club's strikers was evident when Gary Glen opted to pass the ball to David Templeton when he had a chance to test Steve Banks and the move fizzled out.
Jefferies added: "Fair play to Hibs, they have scored a lot of goals this year and to get six against Motherwell, you have to give them credit for that. We could not just find the one.
"I thought we had a great opportunity at the end where we seemed to pass the buck. It fell nicely for Gary Glen and I'm saying 'hit it, hit it'. He said he thought Templeton was in the better position but when you're a striker you hit it.
"Someone said that John Robertson would not have looked for someone to pass to, he would have put his foot through it and that's what Gary should have done."