First Team

Kingsley: "We're never out of it"

18th October 2021

Stephen Kingsley believes Hearts’ never-say-die attitude saw them pick up a point at Ibrox to stretch the Jam Tarts' unbeaten run to nine games.

Craig Halkett’s 90th minute equaliser sent 900 Jambos wild and kept the boys in maroon second in the table, one point off Rangers.

Yet to taste defeat since the cinch Premiership campaign kicked off two-and-a-half months ago, Stephen insists he and his teammates are learning week after week and the dressing room is full of confidence.

“We had a great result against Celtic the first day, so we knew we could compete at the top level,” he said. “The cup game against Celtic we changed formation a little bit but that was an eye-opener. We saw we still had a bit to go, even though we held our own at times.

“But on Saturday I felt we were a different team and we’ve taken another few steps forward in terms of our composure, our willingness to play and our belief we can get something from these games. Our record shows that – we’re still unbeaten after nine games.

“We’re never out of it. Even though Rangers had a few chances, we had chances ourselves and we got the goal in the end. That shows you the character we have and the confidence.

“That unbeaten run breeds confidence, these late goals breed confidence. We’ve got a great bunch of characters in that changing room. We never know when we are beaten.

“We know we can create chances with our style of play, we can enforce that on teams. We did that here at times, so hopefully we can carry that on.

“We knew coming into the season that, with the team we had and the players we brought in, we had a really strong squad, not just a starting XI. Now we’ve been able to show that with the run we’ve been on.

“We’ll just keep banging them off as they come and see where we are at the end of the season.”