First team

Alan Forrest: Consistency is Key

29 January 2024

Alan Forrest says Hearts need to focus on racking up even more Premiership points following Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Aberdeen at Tynecastle Park.


The men in maroon tightened their grip on third in the cinch Premiership with the win, stretching our lead against fourth placed Kilmarnock to ten points following Jorge Grant’s penalty and a stunning hit from Lawrence Shankland.


Forrest played the full 90 minutes in his 25th appearance of the campaign, and the winger was delighted with the professional performance from the Jambos to clinch all three points against the Dons.


“It was good to get the win,” he told Hearts TV.


“You could see from the way Aberdeen came out for the second half that they were going to make things difficult for us. I felt we were able to pick things up from there and show our quality.


“Against a good Aberdeen side, it’s testament to the run of form that we’re in. We’re taking it one game at a time and we’re not getting carried away. You need to stay focused because if you start thinking too far ahead, there are lots of good teams waiting.


Alan Forrest wants Hearts to keep up the consistency going into the remainder of the campaign


“We take it one game at a time and look forward to the next one where we’ll look to take another three points. It’s just the same as every game.”


Jorge’s confident second-half penalty bookended another quality outside the foot finish from Lawrence Shankland for his 19th strike of the season for the Jambos.


Our number nine is superlative form, and Alan backed Shanks to pose a threat every time he gets into the box.


“We got together at half-time and acknowledged we were losing those second balls and how we needed to tighten up on that. They were getting more first contacts than us, growing into the game and getting chances,” he added.


“We were able to take control of the game and get on top of it though, and our quality came through. It was a great penalty from Jorge and a fantastic finish from Shanks. It was very similar to his goal at Livingston.


“Whenever he’s gotten an opportunity like that in the box, you’re always confident that he’s going to take it. We had a few more chances in the game as well and could have ended up with four or five.”