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Naismith: Positives to take

29 October 2023

Steven Naismith believes Hearts can take positives from their display at Ibrox despite two late goals seeing the Jambos fall to a defeat. 


Lawrence Shankland had headed the men in maroon in front early on, but they couldn’t hold on, as attention quickly turns to the visit of Livingston on Wednesday night.


Speaking to Hearts TV at full-time, Naismith said:


“The way we played for the 90 odd minutes was really good. I don’t think I can be overly critical of the players in what we asked them to do.

"At times, you have to be resolute when you come to a place like Ibrox and then in the moments when you get possession, you need to be really brave, and I thought for most of the game, we done that really well.


“For the second goal, yes, we could probably defend that better but the whole game hinges on the penalty decision.


“The way the game played out was what we had spoken about. With us getting the goal, it gave us something to work with and build on. The crowd start to get restless, and we had good possession at times.


“At half-time, we knew they would make a change and be more aggressive because they had nothing to lose.


“So, we had to sit deep, but we started to then get control of the ball and when they did get crosses in, we dealt with them really well and the one time we didn’t, it cost us the second goal.


“I think we can take positives from the way we played in terms of our discipline and the composure we showed but as of now, we’re disappointed as we should have taken something from the game but things out of our control have cost us.”