First Team

No pressure here

26th September 2014

Assistant head coach Stevie Crawford believes Jambos can handle favourites tag.

Stevie Crawford insists the Jambos aren't getting carried away by their magnificent start to the season as they look to continue their unbeaten Championship run on Sunday against Livingston.

The assistant head coach believes his players can cope with the pressure of being favourites for most games and points to the players' reaction to Wednesday's Scottish League Cup defeat to Celtic as an indicator of how far they've come.

Speaking to the media at Tynecastle this morning, Stevie said: "I think it's great if the fans are expecting us to win. If that's a pressure that we've got to deal with then so be it.

"We're a big a club. We won't be getting carried away and the players certainly won't be getting carried away. There are no signs of it on the training ground, there are no signs of it about the place and I think that's a credit to them.

"They were disappointed after the game against Celtic the other night. Their feet are firmly on the ground at the moment.

"We always want to get better. I know Robbie's ambitious as a manager and he certainly looks for that in his players.

"I think if you look at the age of the squad, the experienced ones that have come in, like Morgaro, and Prince - and sometimes it's not fair to mention names - but the two of them have done excellent and they bring calmness about the place and lead by example on the training ground. You can see that the young players respond and learn from them."

Stevie believes that the best is yet to come from the men in maroon as they edge closer to having a fully fit squad at their disposal.

"The ones that have been out injured are now chapping at the door and have a few sessions under their belt," he said. "Whether they'll be available for the weekend - it might be a bit too early for Miguel Pallardo - but other than that I think that Robbie's got a full squad to choose from."