First Team

In the mix

10th December 2018

Michael Smith believes Hearts 1-0 win over Motherwell on Saturday has kept them right in the hunt at the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership.

Peter Haring’s first-half header proved the difference between the two sides as the Jambos returned to winning ways at Tynecastle Park.

Smith, deployed in the centre of a back three, says he’ll play anywhere on the pitch and thinks confidence inside the dressing room is on the rise once again.

“We were enjoying playing good football at the start of the season, then we lost three or four key players,” he said. “So that hurt us, we needed to change the system, change the style of play a little bit.

“We weren’t great, to a man, over the past month. And we know that.

“But we stuck together, did all right the last couple of games, just maybe didn’t get the rub of the green when it came to decisions going for us.

“We’ll enjoy the victory. I mean, all the doom and gloom there’s been, we’ve had a bad month.

“But we’re turning the corner and we’ll see where it takes us in the New Year.

“Are we back in it? Definitely. We’re never out of it.

“It was massive getting the win over Motherwell in a scrappy game.

“We go into Friday looking to get another three points, feeling more confident.

“The manager did say to me afterwards: “Is there any position you can’t play?”

“I’m just thrilled to be part of the team and be playing in the starting XI.

“Wherever he wants to play me, I’m just happy in there.”