Reserves

Kirk Wants to Continue Cup Form

5th September 2019

Andy Kirk heads to Ireland with the SPFL Reserve Cup in one hand and a Tunnock's Caramel Wafer in the other.

His team are one of three Colts' sides left in the Challenge Cup, alongside St Mirren and Rangers, and are aiming to progress to the Fourth Round with a win over Waterford.

"I don't think they've anything to fear," Andy told HeartsTV. "It's a good group when they're all together. They're quite strong and when they're playing well, they'll cause teams problems.

"We believed from the outset we could get through the first round and we knew what the second round was going to bring, and we believed we could get through that as well.

"We've done everything we can to make it as smooth as possible for them. The preparation's been good and we just need the performance to top it off. I'm sure if we get that, we'll give ourselves a chance."

The reserves have won their last four games 3-1 and have some familiar names in the travelling party, with Harry Cochrane, Aidan Keena and Connor Smith all at Kirk's disposal.

"They're big players for us at that age. To have the best players possible available gives everybody a lift. But the experience that they've had out on loan and in the first team will be good for the group."

Given the way they dispatched Albion Rovers and Cowdenbeath, Andy is keen to ensure his side continue their clinical streak.

"I think the cup has been good for us. The results in the league aren't the foremost, it's the performances and the development of the players that get to the first team.

"Every week we go out, we set up try and win the game and think how can we change the game and how can the players affect it to try and win because I think it's important to develop that winning mentality as well.

"The cup is slightly different. You need to win to progress, we knew that last year with the Reserve Cup. That's how we set out, the focus was on winning the games. We've carried that form on and hopefully it can go again for us."

To watch Andy's interview in full on HeartsTV, click here