First Team

Aberdeen Reaction: Daniel Stendel

29th December 2019

Daniel Stendel believes Hearts’ performance against Aberdeen was down to two things – players taking their chance to impress and the atmosphere created by the fans.

The Jambos largely dominated proceedings at Tynecastle Park this afternoon and took a deserved lead through Ryotaro Meshino’s stunning 25-yard effort.

Aberdeen regained momentum when Sean Clare was sent off for hauling down Jon Gallagher, however, and from the resulting free kick Niall McGinn curled a superb set piece around Joel Pereira’s wall and into the back of the net.

The 1-1 draw was Daniel’s first point since taking over as manager, and although disappointed not to take all three points, he had plenty of positive things to say.

“I said to the players before the game that I had a really good feeling about today,” he said. “We’ve not had much time between games but the training on Friday was really good.

“I could feel the power from players who hadn’t played in the last game, from players who were coming back from injury like Conor Washington and Ben Garuccio.

“I felt like we had so much more power in our team. We made some changes today. And I think Hendo, Andy, Clevid, they showed us that it was a right decision – they took their chances.

“For me, it was important that we have players who want to take their chances. We deserved to win, I think. 

“I think what was really important, for me, was the atmosphere in the stadium. I’m concentrated on the game, but, when I feel that power from the stands, I know it was the right decision to come to Hearts.

“I believe that we can improve our players, our squad, the club before the next time we are back here.”