Tense Tynecastle atmosphere is no excuse for results, insists Hearts goalkeeper Zdenek Zlamal

Goalie accepts fans' frustration but says players can't blame results on tension from the terraces

Monday, 16th December 2019, 6:00 am
Fans' tension is not an excuse, Zlamal has insisted
Fans' tension is not an excuse, Zlamal has insisted

Hearts goalkeeper Zdenek Zlamal insists the tense atmosphere inside Tynecastle Park is no excuse for results following Saturday's defeat to St Johnstone.

Daniel Stendel's first match in charge proved an anti-climax as Callum Hendry's header earned the visitors their first away win in almost a year. Consequently, Hearts are left joint-bottom with Hamilton Academical having won only two of 17 league games.

Supporters' angst is increasing after very little sign of buoyancy despite the new manager's best efforts. They will give Stendel time but patience with certain players has evaporated. Once again, their feelings were made clear.

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"I think it’s been like this all season, that we are not very confident on the ball," said Zlamal. "Supporters are shouting to us and it’s a bad atmosphere – but that’s not an excuse. We have to keep our heads up and try harder in the next game.

"The fans are pushing us a lot but that’s fans. They can do what they want. They buy tickets and they want to see good football. I understand that they are frustrated. We are frustrated as well but it’s a tough situation for all of us."