How the Hearts players rated in Austin MacPhee's last game in charge

Marks out of ten for every Hearts player to see game time in the disappointing 1-0 defeat to Motherwell at Fir Park.

Saturday, 7th December 2019, 6:35 pm
Updated Saturday, 7th December 2019, 6:36 pm
Ryotaro Meshino battles for the ball.

Joel Pereira - 6

Restored to starting lineup after Zlamal injury, the keeper had little of note do. Helpless for the goal and dealt well enough with the basics.

Jamie Brandon - 6

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Followed up his promising midweek display with another committed showing. Spurned a good chance to equalise when he blazed high and wide.

Craig Halkett - 5

Skinned by Jermaine Hylton in the lead-up to the goal and relieved to see linesman's flag up for Allan Campbell's effort in second half when he was left trailing once more.

Michael Smith - 6

Another steady display from the ever-dependable Northern Irishman as the linchpin of the three-man defence.

Christophe Berra - 6

In the wars throughout. Distribution not always convincing but defended soundly and even got forward down the left on a few occasions in second half.

Jake Mulraney - 5

Stuck to his task at left-wing-back but unable to influence game in an attacking capacity. Sent off in stoppage time for dissent towards ref.

Glenn Whelan - 6

A decent performance from the Irishman. Kept things ticking over when Hearts had possession and wasn't shy in getting involved in the battle when required.

Sean Clare - 5

Had some promising moments early on and helped Hearts compete in midfield but wasn't able to drive forward as much as he would have liked.

Jamie Walker - 5

A couple of sparky moments early on but generally struggled to cause the opposition any trouble before being replaced.

Ryotaro Meshino - 6

Drifted in and out of the game but looked the likeliest Hearts player to make something happen. Went close with two second-half attempts.

Steven MacLean - 5

Put in a decent shift against a strong Motherwell defence but only got one clear chance, when he was denied by Gillespie from the edge of the box.

Subs

Uche Ikpeazu - 5

On for Walker and had a few threatening moments. Curled an effort just wide in closing stages.

Aidan Keena - N/A

On in closing minutes.

Craig Wighton - N/A

On too late to make impact.