First Team

Daniel: Focus from first whistle

20th February 2020

Daniel Stendel has told his players to go to Paisley with a winning mentality on Friday night because he doesn’t believe St Mirren’s midweek extra time exploits will hinder them.

The Buddies triumphed in last night’s Scottish Cup tie over Motherwell after 120 minutes and a penalty shootout.

Daniel reckons that result could galvanise Jim Goodwin’s side and has therefore instructed his men in maroon to start the Simple Digital Arena encounter in a better manner than in recent weeks, and make the most of any chances that arise.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Daniel said: “It’s a win and it’s important as it also gives them a lift. I don’t like that the players think ‘ok, they played on Tuesday’ because they (St Mirren) will think ‘we have won this cup game, we have the chance to win against Hearts and a have a big chance (to open up a gap)’.

“Not one moment in their head will they be thinking ‘oh, we played Tuesday’. Only in their head will be that Friday is the next game and they have a big chance to win.

“This is what we need to think. It doesn’t matter what was on yesterday, we have to concentrate on our game. Everybody can expect a big fight (from us) on Friday and we need to start well.

“This, at the moment, is a little bit of a problem. We have the chances – yeah, against 10 players (of Hamilton Accies) – but we have so many chances to win the game in the second half but we conceded two goals. The situation is that nobody can understand why we did it.

“When we defend as a team better and we are more concentrated from the first moment then I think for everybody it is easier to play our game and to handle the pressure.

“My feeling is that the players understand it and all want to give the best for this club and stay up in the league, and especially with this support and this fanbase at this club. It’s a big privilege and to fight for this is so easy.”

Daniel's press conference is available to watch in full on HeartsTV by clicking here.