Stephen Kingsley admits consistency is crucial for the Jambos as they prepare to face Kilmarnock in the cinch Premiership.
Hearts come into the game full of confidence, after three recent league victories and Kingsley believes if the men in maroon can keep performing consistently, they will find themselves in a good place at the end of the festive period.
Speaking to the media at the pre-match press conference, Kingsley said:
“Consistency is the word we have been talking about for the last wee while. I have said for a number of weeks now that we have shown what we have been capable of doing on a few occasions this season, but having that consistency is something we need to introduce.
“The league is very tight this season and that is because there hasn’t been that one team that has shown that consistency. So, for us, we’ve had a good few results in recent weeks so now we need to really kick on now because we have a lot of games coming up against some top teams.
“So, if we can keep showing that consistency then we will be in a really good place come the new year.”
November provided three narrow league victories for Hearts with 1-0 home victories over Livingston and St Johnstone, as well as a 2-1 away victory against Motherwell.
In both home wins, Hearts had to wait until the second half for the winning goal and Kingsley admits patience is crucial when the Jambos are dominating possession.
“It is difficult, but that is the challenge we have. When teams come to Tynecastle they are going to sit in and make it difficult for us to play through. Having that extra man at the back does give us a bit more control.
“You need to be patient though. That is massive. We need to show that real quality though when we get the chance.
“One thing we have spoken about a lot recently is even though we have had three good results recently, is that we need to score more goals.
“We have done well defensively and kept a lot of clean sheets recently, so the next step for us is to go and kill teams off as early as we can and make it more enjoyable for ourselves.”
You can watch Stephen’s press conference in full on Hearts TV.