First Team

Experienced Players Will Make Difference

8th November 2019

Steven Naismith believes the return of experienced players from injury will make a big difference for Hearts as they prepare to face St Mirren on Saturday.

The forward made his return from injury last weekend and is hopeful that he can help turn around the Tynecastle sides' recent fortunes.

"It was really frutrating," Steven said, "the helplessness you're feeling when you're sitting watching the games and you can't contribute, and as times were getting a bit more desperate for us, I've tried to push and it's backfired on me.

"We took the time to make sure I was back right, that's where we've been at and I'm feeling good again."

Glenn Whelan has returned to light training and Jamie Walker is back involved after overcoming a broken leg.

"We had the captain at the back but it's helpful to have a few players around the pitch that are constantly keeping everybody switched on of what's expected of them.

"Now with a few of the boys back, it's going to make a difference and that's got to start tomorrow. We've got to start picking up points and pushing up the league instead of dreading going into the games."

The 33-year-old has been back to his usual self on the training ground, issuing instructions to his teammates.

"A club like Hearts, you need to go out and play every week. I know that's something that, since I've come back in, I've wanted to emphasise everbody - that turning up when you want and putting in a performance once every three or four [games] isn't good enough here.

"So far, it's been a mile away from where it needs to be. It has been drummed into the squad and we will show that tomorrow."

To hear all of Steven's press conference on HeartsTV, click here.