First Team

MacLean: We Showed Great Character

27th September 2019

Steven MacLean is hopeful that Hearts can keep this mini-run going as they aim for three wins from three this week.

Following wins over Hibs and Aberdeen, the Jambos now travel to Paisley to face 10th-placed St Mirren.

"It was nice to be back playing and got the goal as well, which was nice," said Steven, who netted the first equaliser against the Dons in mid-week. "The most important thing was that we qualified for the semi-final.

"Again, we showed great character, coming from behind twice and winning the penalty shoot-out as well. It was a good night all round and I thought, our best performance of the season - first-half especially. It bodes well going forward."

The veteran striker has found himself back in the side following injuries to Steven Naismith and Conor Washington, after starting this season on the bench.

"It is difficult when you see things happening, but all you can do as a player is work hard in training and make sure that you're ready, and if you do get an opportunity you've got to try and take it. You're desperate to come in and try and help the situation."

Now, the former-St Johnstone man is keen to build on their performances and get a vital three points over the Buddies.

"The other night helped and going forward, hopefully we can keep that run going. We've won the derby and beat Aberdeen but it's only two games. There's a lot more games to go this season, we need to keep it going and try and turn our season around.

"You don't want to look too far ahead. Last year we went to St Mirren and got beat, and we'd had a great start to the season. The most important thing is the next game. Players are looking to stake a claim to play in the team, you can only look at the next game."

You can watch Steven's full press conference on HeartsTV by clicking here.