First Team

Clare targeting Europe

11th March 2019

Sean Clare insists the Jambos are looking up the table and not over their shoulders after Saturday’s win at Dundee took Hearts level on points with fourth-placed Kilmarnock.

Craig Levein’s side dug out a 1-0 Dens Park win, thanks to Clare’s early opener, in a scrappy game played out under challenging weather conditions.

The three points sets up an exciting final few pre-split Premiership games, and the midfielder thinks he and his teammates are getting themselves into a good position for a final push towards Europe.

“We’re not just looking to be in the top six,” he said. “We’re looking to be in a good position before the split. After the split, we want to give ourselves the best opportunity of getting into Europe.

“We’re trying to look ahead of ourselves, not behind, and if we keep putting in resilient performances like this with a bit more quality then we will fly up the table.

“We just have to focus on winning games, whether it’s in the league or the Cup.

“We have a good opportunity to get into Europe but it’s all down to us.

“We aren’t looking for people to drop points, we’re just looking to pick up as many points as we can.

“I think we’ve got a good chance. It’s down to us.”