Strength is key

20 April 2023

The boys in maroon square off against the Staggies in the final cinch Premiership match before the split, and after a run of defeats – the interim boss is fully aware of what’ll be required if the Jambos are to take all three points.
“We needed a result last week and we need one again this week,” he told the media ahead of the game. “It’s hard because what we’re seeing on the training pitch, in meetings, how responsive the players have been with their feedback. But that doesn’t get you success.
“What gets you success is playing on a Saturday, playing with freedom and enjoyment – and that’s what gets you results. That’s what we need every Saturday between now and the end of the season.”
County currently sit bottom of the Premiership table, a point off 11th placed Kilmarnock. Despite their struggles, Steven knows well about the challenges they’ll present come the weekend.
With every point a prisoner, for every team in the league, Naismith wants Hearts to get back to being a tough nut to crack.
“We need to carry an attacking threat,” he added. “Growing up playing against Hearts teams, you always knew about the dangers they would present. It was always tough to play against Hearts and we need to get to that point.
“They’ve got an experienced manager, a squad that have played together for a while. I know they’re fighting for their lives at the bottom of the league but they’re not a bad team. They have players that understand their roles and carry a threat.”