Hearts learning lessons

Liverpool Europa League tie is a dream for Robinson

John McGlynn: Does not want a repeat of the thrashing suffered by Paulo Sergio's side against Tottenham

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John McGlynn does not want Hearts to make the same mistakes against Liverpool as were made in the Europa League qualifying rounds last season in a thrashing by Tottenham Hotspur.

The SPL club have drawn English opponents in the play-offs for the second year running, with the first leg at Tynecastle on 30th August and return at Anfield seven days later.

Hearts were three goals down inside 27 minutes last season on their way to a 5-0 home defeat by Spurs before a youthful side restored some respectability with a goalless draw in North London.

McGlynn took over from Paulo Sergio this summer amid huge cutbacks to the squad, with an experienced spine to the team complemented by many of the youngsters who performed at White Hart Lane.

And he will make sure as much as possible is learned from that game when they meet Liverpool.


"It's a similar type of tie," he said. "Unfortunately for Hearts it kind of died very, very quickly.

"There was a great build-up and atmosphere at Tynecastle but the way Tottenham went about their business, the game was finished very quickly.

"Hearts restored their pride by going down and getting a draw. I would hope we would learn from that."

There was certainly no dread about facing one of the top seeds in the draw among McGlynn or the Hearts players despite the painful memory of that Tottenham defeat.

Midfielder Scott Robinson said: "It's brilliant, that's the tie we wanted. Liverpool is a dream tie.

"You either want a big team like Liverpool or someone you think you're going to get through against. But we'll do the best we can."