First team

Naismith: We'll reflect during break

03 September 2023

Hearts Technical Director Steven Naismith says Hearts will use the international break to reflect and refocus following a 1-0 defeat to Motherwell at Tynecastle Park.


The men in maroon were looking to get back to winning ways following a tough European outing in Thessaloniki and despite dominating the ball for large parts, it was the Steelmen who scored the only goal of the game to take the points.


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


“It was very much like the domestic game after a European match. We started slow. If you give up opportunities to the opposition, they take it, get something to hold on to and we don’t have enough to go and win the game.


“It is disappointing as we’ve highlighted the demands of playing Thursday-Sunday, we’ve had a couple of runs at it now, but to not have the cutting edge in the final third after the red card is a real frustration. We should be putting teams under more pressure than we did.


“It has been intense. We have played a lot of football in a short period of time, but this gives us time to reflect and understand. One, do we want to be successful and play attacking, exciting football or are we going to be safe and hope someone else comes up with a bit of magic to win games.


“That is not going to be successful. So, everybody needs to look at it and get back to where we were against Rosenborg at home and St Johnstone away when we were playing with a bravery and a focus on causing other team’s problems rather than us making a mistake.”