First Team

Clevid calls for more of the same

31st December 2019

Clevid Dikamona believes the onus is on the players to help the fans recreate Sunday’s amazing Tynecastle atmosphere.

Described by manager Daniel Stendel as the “power” from the stands, the supporters played a huge part in Hearts’ 1-1 draw with Aberdeen, a match in which the Jambos were unlucky not to take all three points.

Reintroduced to the starting line up, Clevid impressed alongside Craig Halkett in defence and the 29-year-old thinks a combination of Daniel’s style of play coming to fruition and an atmospheric Tynecastle Park can see the team take bigger steps forward in 2020.  

“It’s good to be back in the team,” he said. “It’s the first time the manager has put another centre back on the bench to let me play, so I wanted to give my best to get something from this game.

“The manager told me to show him I’m able to play the football he wants to see, so I made myself available for the keeper, to play from the back and to defend as high as possible like he wants us to, and I tried to be myself and keep everything calm.

“I think we’ve started to see the manager’s philosophy on the park before Sunday. It’s hard to say we did well because we were losing, but maybe this game showed the first signs of us giving him what he wants.

“When you play in Tynecastle, and we give everything, the fans will be behind us even when we are bottom of the league.

“The atmosphere was amazing and it’s up to us to bring the fans with us every week.”