First Team

Food for thought

14th July 2018

Liam Fox believes some players could force their way into Craig Levein's plans after 5-1 win away to Forfar

Liam Fox believes some of the first-team will have given Craig Levein food for thought after Hearts cruised to a 5-1 friendly win away to Forfar Athletic.

Goals from Ross Callachan, Jake Mulraney, Dario Zanatta and a Rory Currie brace gave the Jambos the perfect end to their pre-season campaign in the Station Park sunshine.

First-team coach Liam thinks the performances of some could give the manger a selection headache ahead of Wednesday night’s curtain raiser against Cove Rangers.

Speaking to HeartsTV, Liam said: “I think some boys will have done their case some good today.

“The question that we asked them before the game was ‘could they put their hands up and make the manager think and maybe change his mind on one or two wee things?’

“He’s not set on his team at the moment but I think a few of the performances today will make him have a wee think about, not just next week, but the rest of the season as well.”

A young Hearts team ran riot in Forfar to make it four friendly wins out of five, and Liam praised the side for putting on a show, revealing that everyone at the club cannot wait to start competitive action next week.

“It was a very young team and they did very well,” he said. “They passed the ball very well, the looked after it, they moved it very well but they also competed.

“It’s always so important coming to these games, even in pre-season games, that they’ve got to compete and they’ve got to earn the right to pass the ball.

“They did that and I thought they were excellent. Some of the goals were really good, so we’re really pleased.

“It was a great way to finish. The manager has put a lot of demands on them and they’ve all responded.

“There’s been a buzz the last few days. The boys are looking forward to it and the staff are looking forward to it.

“We go to Cove and we know it’s going to be a very, very difficult game.

“Cove have got some very good players so we know it will be difficult but it’s one that we’re looking forward to.”

Liam’s interview is available to watch in full on HeartsTV