Barr urges Hearts to build

  • Last Updated: August 31 2012, 13:56 BST

Defender Darren Barr believes Hearts have now set high standards for themselves after their battling Europa League display against Liverpool.

Darren Barr: Pleased with spirit

The Clydesdale Bank Premier League side were within minutes of taking the Merseysiders to extra time in their qualifying round play-off after withstanding a barrage from the hosts in the second leg at Anfield.

David Templeton levelled the tie when he put Hearts ahead on the night six minutes from time but the Merseysiders responded to snatch a place in the group stage with an 88th-minute Luis Suarez strike.

It was a shattering end for John McGlynn's side but Barr is now looking ahead to the rest of the campaign with confidence.

The 27-year-old said: "We need to carry this on, this is the standard we have set. We have set the standards high and this was away from home as well.

"We have stuck together quite well so I don't see why we can't do that at home and kick on in the league.

"It is a team game and we had that dogged spirit. All the boys dug in.

"It was just a shame to lose that goal so late, especially for Scottish football as well, to show this spirit we have got and get a bit of credit."

Hearts were fortunate to escape damage as Liverpool created a multitude of chances throughout the game.

Suarez had two of the best of them, twice failing to convert in quick succession in the second half after outfoxing the visiting defence.

Youngster Adam Morgan also had a goal disallowed before the break after the ball was deemed to have gone out of play before Suarez crossed.

Yet, although Hearts benefited from a slice of luck as Jose Reina dropped Templeton's shot, Barr felt the Jambos proved a good match for their hosts.

He said: "They are top-class players, they play football absolutely brilliantly.

"We came into it a bit at the end and got a foot in front, but don't get me wrong, we had to ride the storm at times.

"They are top-class players and you need to respect them that way but at the end of the day we stuck in there and it was just a shame we couldn't get over that final hurdle.

"We can't take credit away from ourselves. There is just that feeling that it is 11 v 11 and it doesn't matter how much they are worth.

"On the day we showed we are very capable of doing okay. It was just the fact not to get that extra time - it was a gutter."