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Austin targets another attacking display

22nd November 2019

Austin MacPhee wants his side to pick up where they left off prior to the international break as he targets another three points on Saturday.

The Jambos beat St Mirren 5-2 at Tynecastle in their last Ladbrokes Premiership outing and journey to Ayrshire tomorrow for a tough test against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.

Speaking at Riccarton on Friday afternoon, interim manager Austin MacPhee revealed he intends to set his team out to attack the hosts.

“The nature of the victory against St Mirren was important, we could have probably scored more than five. We were on the front foot, we had five high attacking players, there were five different goalscorers – albeit Uche’s one was ultimately an own goal,” said Austin.

“Throughout the week leading up to the game, a couple of players were asked to do some unorthodox things in training. You’re never certain whether they can adapt, but Aidy White and Uche played on the wings and the proof was in the pudding. We gave the supporters a performance that, as I said before the game, got them off their seats and gave them something to shout about.

“I think the Hearts supporters have seen an example of how I want my team to play. We want to get in the opponent’s half quickly and then we want to ask them to defend in different ways.

“There’s no secret in me saying that – whether an opposition manager is listening – I think at this club we have players who are capable of causing teams problems. Quite simply, I want them to do that as often as possible.

“I think at Tynecastle in particular, if you get on the front foot, the stadium comes with you and it becomes a fantastic place to play football. Obviously, we want to do the same away from home.

“We want to build on that St Mirren win and we’ll soon be able to strengthen the team further as players return from injury. I think it’s important that we’re consistent in how we do things, there’s been a real high intensity in training but that comes as a result of the way I want my team to play. So, I’m very positive about the situation as it stands just now.”