First team

Naismith: Lessons must be learned

23 September 2023

Head coach Steven Naismith says his Hearts players must learn lessons from Saturday’s defeat to St Mirren.


The Jambos conceded an early goal in Paisley and couldn’t claw back the deficit as a resolute St Mirren defence secured a clean sheet to record all three points.


Speaking to Hearts TV at full time, Naismith said:


“I’m frustrated. Overall, it was pretty similar to what we expected. We had a lot of the ball, and they were trying to counter us. When we concede the goal so early in the game, it gives them the onus to sit in their shape and pick their moments to try and counter us.


“In the first half we didn’t deal with that well enough. In the second half, we were better, but the biggest frustration is we gave up such a cheap goal.


“After that, we have three or four really good chances, and we have to take one of them. If we take one, then we can potentially go on to win the game, but as those chances go, you become more desperate, and it becomes harder.


“It was another game where we started slow and that is all down to us. We need to be the ones that come out quick and create the tempo and that means not walking into a position at a throw-in.


“In every game we need to be quicker than the opposition in everything we do as we want the three points more than the opposition and that’s another frustration as we’ll come up against this consistently and we need to be better and make teams defend for as long as we can in games.”