John McGlynn: Raith v Hearts was 'men against boys'

Raith Rovers manager John McGlynn has admitted that it was “men against boys” as Hearts defeated the Kirkcaldy outfit 4-0 at Stark’s Park.
John McGlynn admits Raith were totally outclassed by Hearts.John McGlynn admits Raith were totally outclassed by Hearts.
John McGlynn admits Raith were totally outclassed by Hearts.

The Jambos avenged Saturday’s 3-2 defeat to the same opposition by clocking up a 4-0 win in their Championship encounter, with Liam Boyce and Euan Henderson scoring first-half goals before new signing Armand Gnanduillet came off the bench to net twice in the second period.

Raith played 50 minutes of the match with ten men after Regan Hendry was sent off and McGlynn felt his team, who are just recovering from a bout of Covid-19 within the squad, could not match Hearts.

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"The first half was men against boys, really,” said McGlynn. “I think we got bullied. Hearts played very well. They played at a tempo and pressed us high up the pitch. We kind of played into their hands. They obviously learned a lot more from Saturday than we did and they dominated the whole game.

"I was worried about this game. No-one would have known how much Saturday would have taken out of our guys considering we had not done any training for ten days – some even longer than that – and the coming back in.

"We were very sluggish at the start and we couldn’t handle the pace of the game and unfortunately Saturday had a knock-on effect.

"Having won at Tynecastle, Hearts came here to prove a point and they played really well.”

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On the red card for Hendry, which was given for a stamp on Andy Halliday, McGlynn added: “I didn’t see the incident, but form what I’m led to believe, it was the correct decision.”

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