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United pushed Hearts till the end
Published : 16 May 2011 15:21:22
But the start of the season form allowed Hearts to end in third place Jim Jeffries is relaxed about the poor end to the season and does not plan on losing too much sleep over looking back. The season ended on a losing note with Dundee United winning 2-1 at Tannadice yesterday, the final game in a run of eight games without a win, but their impressive early-season form ensured they held out for a third-placed finish. Hearts ended the season two points ahead of United meaning they can look forward to European football next season. Jeffries said: "Dundee United is a very good side and they were missing their key players at the start of the season. Once they got them back they went on a very good run. We were the opposite as we lost some of our key players towards the end of the season. As I have said before, I do think that if we had kept players like Kevin Kyle and Lee Wallace fit for longer we would have tied up third place a lot earlier. It was hard but even with all the injuries the squad did exceptionally well to finish third." Jon Daly scored the winner for United after Gary Glen had cancelled out David Goodwillie's opener in an entertaining tussle at Tannadice. It was the second time this season that the Tynecastle side had left Dundee empty-handed but Jeffries said he has been very pleased with his team's record on the road. He added: "Dundee United is the only team to have beaten us away from home outside of the Old Firm. When you looked at the amount of youngsters we had in the team they were always going to be favourites to win but we gave them a real tough time. Overall it has been a great season. We set our target as finishing third and we have achieved that."