Kirk: We Need To Take Opportunities

28th August 2019

Andy Kirk was pleased with his side's overall performance, but was annoyed the scoreline wasn't more comfortable.

The wee Jambos' won 3-1 over St Mirren in the first group game of the SPFL Reserve Cup, with goals from Anthony McDonald and Callumn Morrison.

"It's the cup, so the result is the important thing," Andy told HeartsTV after the game. "You need to win your group to go through to the semi-finals. We knew today the result was going to be more of a focus than the performance, although I'm always quite demanding of the players, in terms of how we play and how we go about the game. 

"The pleasing thing is we won comfortably in the end, but it could have been a lot easier."

Hearts had a number of chances to kill the game off completely, with Dean Lyness producing a few heroic saves to keep the score down.

"We always set up to try and go and win the game and we'll make changes to try and influence the game if we need to get back into things. Putting the players into situations like that, hopefully they can try and solve those problems on the pitch.

"If they need to change, how they can effect the game. Today was a lesson for them - when we get really good opportunities like we had, you've got to put the ball in the net because it changes the game."

Another positive for Andy was the return of Callumn Morrison and Kelby Mason, who have both been out with knee injuries and have only recently returned to training.

"It's huge for them. They work hard in the rehab side of it and the staff work hard to get them back fit and conditioned, and this is the next stage - getting minutes on the pitch. It was really pleasing for Cal, to get his goal at the back-post, and Kelby got 90 minutes in him, so they'll all be feeling better for it.

"It was great getting those two back and hopefully Cal can kick on now and try to get himself in the first team."

You can watch Andy's interview in full on HeartsTV by clicking here.