Paulo Sergio was fuming after the game when Hearts lost to Ayr United last night. Paulo Sergio has defended his decision to rotate his team following dropping out of the League Cup thanks to losing on penalties to Ayr United. The Hearts manager and Jambo fans were left stunned as they watched their team lose 4-1 after drawing 1-1 during the reguklation 90 plus 30 minutes of extra-time. There were eight new faces from the side that put two goals past St Mirren without reply on Saturday. After the game, Sergio defended his policy and instead pointed the finger at referee Ian Brines and assistant referee Tom Murphy for disallowing Eggert Jonsson's second-half goal for handball. Sergio said: "I think Hearts did more than enough to deserve to win the game. We went out and did what is expected of us, which is to go and try score goals. I can't complain about the players' attitude but I agree we can do better. But the issue is not whether we can do better or not, the issue we should say about the game is that we were far better than the opposition. They did what they had to do to win the game but we are out of the competition, it's not their fault. We wanted to go through but now we are out; it's our reality, that's football, I think it wasn't a normal thing that happened here." The former Sporting Lisbon manager was annoyed at the decision to disallow Jonsson's second-half effort and believes video replays will prove the goal should have stood. He said: "We scored two clean goals but only one was good. I think that was a mistake - if you didn't see it at the game watch it on the television and you'll see it was a goal. I spoke to the ref and he told me the linesman said it was a hand ball. I don't understand that, why do you run to the midfield if it's not a goal? We deserved to go through in the competition."