Hearts winger Jamie Walker concedes the Tynecastle side did not deserve to win their Scottish Cup clash at Raith Rovers.
Walker put Ian Cathro’s team ahead in the 37th minute of a one-sided first half against the Championship outfit.
But a vastly improved second half display from Raith saw Declan McManus divert Rudi Skacel’s volley into the net with just a minute of normal time left.
The two teams will meet on Wednesday evening in the replay, with holders Hibs awaiting the winners in the fifth round.
And playmaker Walker insists the Premiership club did not play well enough to secure a place in the next round.
The 23-year-old, who notched his 11th goal of the season at Stark’s Park, said: “I thought we were the better team in the first half and I got the goal.
“But fair play to Raith – they came back in the second half and I think over the course of the game we were not good enough and I didn’t think we deserved to go through.
“After the goal I thought we needed to push on and move the ball quicker and create more chances, but we never did that and Raith came back into the game. We’ve got another game on Wednesday.”