Hearts boss Grant: 'Super defensive' Liberty parked the bus

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The Phobians' coach looks back on their match against the Scientific Soccer Lads in the Accra Derby

Hearts of Oak head coach and director of football Kim Grant says the Phobians are happy not to have conceded a goal despite losing two points in their Ghana Special Competition fixture with city rivals Liberty Professionals on Wednesday. 

The 20-time league champions were denied a fourth win on the bounce as they could only manage a 0-0 draw at the Accra Sports Stadium in the Matchday 10 tie. 

It was certainly a bad day at the office for Hearts as they failed to make the most of a numerical advantage earned after Liberty's Michael Enu was sent off before half-time. Earlier, the Phobians wasted a penalty through Joseph Esso. 

“They [Liberty] came here to be happy with a point," Grant said after the game. 

“They came here to defend, they parked the midfield and played with three at the back.

“And [they] more or less tried to catch us on the counter. I felt we didn’t start well at all.

“I just feel our momentum, our energy and our work ethics were not the best.

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“We had chances to score but we couldn’t utilise that. But we are happy we didn’t concede."

Despite dropping two points in the Zone B match, Hearts still hold on to the first position as closest contenders Karela United could only manage a 2-2 draw against Tema-based Inter Allies.

The Phobians will play as guests to third-from-bottom Ebusua Dwarfs in their next match on Sunday.