First Team

A good start

18th January 2020

Daniel Stendel believes Hearts' 5-0 win over Airdrieonians was just what his team needed to kick-start the New Year.

The Hearts boss saw five different players get on the scoresheet as the Jambos secured a comfortable passage to the next round of the William Hill Scottish Cup. 

“It’s a good feeling to get a win, and a good start to 2020 that I hope will give us a lift going into the next few games", said Daniel.

"An early goal was important because in the last games we’ve started well but not scored, and you can see when we play a long time without scoring it gives the other team a lift, so it was important today to score so early. When we play like this, I thought we would score a lot today.

“I said to the players we did so much work in the last two weeks, we had ten sessions in the last week and did some team building exercises. This is all we can do without games, and it’s good.

"I said to Andy Kirk and Jorg Sievers, I can feel more passion and mentality and power in the changing room. The biggest thing we can do is to win games and it was a good experience for us today, and I hope it gives us a boost for Wednesday at Ross County.

“Normally, every team fights for each other but we needed time to get this feeling back in the group. I can feel it in every training, it's important we do our best and see how we can do on Wednesday.

"It was difficult to have two injuries before half an hour, it’s not what we hoped or expected, but both substitutes came into the side and played well and this is important. Every player wants to start, but when we need them to come into the side, they give us 100%."