Together we're stronger11 June 2022
The Jambos battled back from a Jorge Grant sending off to pick up a gutsy win against the Steelmen, with the manager delighted with the mental and physical resillience his team showed to nail down the points.
"I'm delighted with the players and the energy that we got back from the crowd as well," he told Hearts TV. "One of the key things about being a Hearts player is, yes, we want to see ability. Yes, we want quality. But we also want to see players putting their bodies on the line. Showing good work ethic. Giving themselves to the cause. I think we did that today.
"When the players give it to the fans, and the fans give it back, that's how we get performances like this. It's a reciprocal thing. It's a massive three points today that gets us back into fourth. Now we go to Ibrox for the game on Wednesday really looking forward to it."
One of the most pleasing sights of all today was the return of Aussie defender Kye Rowles, coming off the bench to make his first match since suffering an injury back in August.
The centre-back made it look like he'd never been away, making some crucial blocks and tackles to help seal the points. The boss was hopeful that Rowles can now look ahead to a Socceroos call-up for the World Cup in Qatar,
"His rehab has gone really well, which is a credit to him," he added. "Hopefully he can now get himself in that World Cup squad for Australia, because he certainly deserves it."