HEARTS UNDER-20s coach Jack Ross felt his side were unlucky not to take something from their 2-1 defeat by St Mirren.
The young Jambos lost two first-half goals in in Airdrie before a Gary Oliver header gave them hope. Ross said: “I thought we were unlucky not to take something from the game.
“I was pleased with the contribution from the whole side, who put in a good shift. This season has been difficult for the squad but there are wee bits and pieces where we are moving in the right direction.”
St Mirren opened the scoring on 19 minutes through a 25-yard right-foot shot from Thomas Reilly.
Nicholson and Angus Beith had further efforts for Hearts before new Saints signing Alan Gow hit a shot against the underside of the crossbar with Hearts keeper Scott Gallacher stranded.
Saints added a second goal on 33 minutes, Kieran Sadlier scoring with a shot from just inside the box.
Hearts pulled a goal back on 65 minutes, Oliver heading home an El Hassnaoui left-wing cross from ten yards.
El Hassnaoui then had a couple of decent shots saved and saw a header ruled out for offside.
Hearts: Gallacher, Hutchings, McKay, Baur, McHattie (Flanagan 60), Buchanan, Beith, Henderson, Nicholson, El Hassnaoui, Oliver. Unused subs: Mason, Baxter, Roy, Moore.