First Team

Players Carried Out Gameplan

9th November 2019

Austin MacPhee was pleased that his players were able to carry out their gameplan as they triumphed 5-2 over St Mirren on Saturday afternoon.

"I thought today was a very positive performance," Austin said. "We scored five goals [in the league] for the first time since August 2016. We scored three goals for the first time in over a year and won at home for the first time in seven months so there wasn't a lot to be disappointed about."

Heading into half-time, it looked like things might go differently as St Mirren twice managed to peg Hearts back and get back into the game. However, Ollie Bozanic's goal before the break, and Jamie Walker's goal just seconds after half-time, gave Hearts breathing space.

"I also thought the players showed fantastic resilience when it went 1-1 and 2-2," the interim manager added. "They continued to play on the front foot, which we have talked about all week. I asked a couple of players to do things a little bit differently and they did that well."

Steven Naismith marked his first start since August with a man-of-the-match display, and a goal inside six minutes.

"Steven playing straight through the middle was important, he's an excellent finisher and ultimately goals has been one thing we've been short of.

"I asked Uche to play off the right and Jamie scored a fantastic header and we got him off when he was due to come off.

"Today what was most important was that the result and performance. The player carried out the gameplan. We all worked together and it went well."