Those who were involved with the Scotland under-21s this week might have felt inclined to let their heads drop so as to avoid any unwanted attention on their 6-0 defeat by England, although Kevin McHattie has dismissed the suggestion that his team-mates might be traumatised.
That result at Bramall Lane adorned the conversation yesterday but McHattie was dressed once more in his Hearts training gear. That may have felt at once like a cocoon that allowed the left-back to avoid dissent over such a heavy loss at the hands of the Auld Enemy and help bring his focus instead on to a match with Partick Thistle tonight.
McHattie certainly did not linger long on the vagaries of Tuesday's game in Sheffield and he did not entertain ideas of him being affected by the scale of the defeat when he steps out at Firhill to begin the third weekend of the SPFL Premiership for long, either. His resolve was bolstered further by the stern figures of Hearts' Brad McKay, Jason Holt and David Smith, who also played against England.
"After nights like that you have to take in what you have done wrong, you have got to learn," said McHattie. "You have to focus on the next game. The players England have are physically and technically brilliant, and in terms of pace they are unbelievable. I have never played against anything like that before.
"We are all hurting just now, of course. But the boys will come together and get through it, the gaffer is here for support and we will be ready for Partick. We will bounce back."
He will appreciate a soft landing, one which will be supplied by Hearts supporters still revelling in a derby win over Hibernian last weekend. Yet Gary Locke is aware that getting the better of Thistle will be no easy task.
"They have good players and are performing really well," said the Hearts manager. "They are really positive in everything they do, they like to attack and they play some terrific stuff. It will be our most difficult game of the season so far."