First Team

Naisy: Stick together

24th September 2018

Steven Naismith believes this Hearts team could do something special this season, as long as everybody pulls in the same direction.

A stalemate against Livingston on Saturday proved a frustrating afternoon, both on and off the pitch, as the Jambos couldn’t find the elusive winner in a stifling game, which saw the men in maroon hit the woodwork twice and fail to convert a spot kick.

The point gained continues the club’s 11-match unbeaten run across all competitions, and sees them sit at the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership, five points of clear of three teams in joint second.

The Scotland forward – top scorer in the league – understands the frustration felt by all but knows that a packed Tynecastle, backing the team from start to finish, will go a long way to inspiring the boys to victory and continuing the great start to the 2018/19 season.

Speaking to HeartsTV, Steven said: “That (the support) really can’t be underestimated at all. Everybody associated with Hearts goes home frustrated on Saturday; from the manager and the squad - we’re frustrated because it was a game we felt we should’ve won and we should’ve done better as a team - and the fans go home frustrated because we didn’t win the game.

“It’s massive that we stick together. There is a lot of frustration after the game and it’s probably hard to keep that in check. I think everybody involved, for the good of us, and if we want to do something special this season, then we need to stick together.

“Three hours after the game on Saturday you maybe look back on the game and say ‘we’re still unbeaten, we’ve kept a clean sheet, we never gave up many chances’ and you look at the positives.

 

“It’s massively important that the fans get behind the team and the team produces performances that the fans can enjoy.

“I’ve said it many times before I came to Hearts that the stadium, and even more so now with the new Main Stand, is a very intimidating atmosphere to come up against.

“Especially when we’ve been doing well and teams come to counter attack, try and win the second balls and be in our faces, towards the end of the game if the players can be patient enough and move the ball quickly, add that with the fans getting behind us and giving us that extra boost then it definitely puts other teams under a lot of pressure.

“I also think at that crucial period of the last 15 minutes in a game, if everybody is raring behind the team then everybody, especially the young boys in the squad, will feel that and they’ll feel that they can go on and produce something good rather than maybe being on edge and having the mindset of ‘don’t make a mistake’ rather than go and win the game, effectively.”

Steven’s interview is available to watch in full now on HeartsTV by clicking here.