Hearts of Oak coach Kosta Papic has revealed that the nature of the Golden City Park pitch forced the Phobians to change their tactics.
Chelsea dominated Hearts with superior energy and aggression but it was the Phobians who got the last great opportunity to win but missed narrowly.
The Serbian went into the game without influential offensive midfielder Umar Manaf Gumah as well as midfield trio Lawali Mamani, Emmanuel Nettey and Abdul Aziz Nurudeen who are all lacking match fitness.
But, despite the missing players Papic insists it was rather the nature of the pitch that affected how his side played in the crucial game.
“The nature of the ground [pitch] caused us to change the way we normally play but that is no excuse,” he said during the post match interview.
The results has put Hearts on 16 points from 10 games which means the Phobians are now without defeat in the last 5 games in the top-flight translating into 3 wins and 2 draws and sit in temporary second berth.
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