First Team

Reaction from Daniel

1st February 2020

Daniel Stendel had mixed emotions following Hearts' 3-3 draw with St Johnstone on Saturday afternoon.

The six goal thriller saw Hearts fight back in the first half to take a 2-1 lead, only to fall behind in the second period. An injury time Sean Clare goal sealed the point for the boys maroon but Daniel was left ruing what might have been.

“I think I need a little bit of time to understand why we played like this in the second half. In the first half, we were confident, after going a goal down we controlled the game, created chances and scored two goals. At half-time I said if we play the same, we win the game," Daniel explained.

“We knew St Johnstone would come out differently and would want to try and change the result in the first ten minutes, but I don’t think they are the reason why we went behind, it was our confidence that fell, and I don’t know why, I can’t explain but we played a different game, and I had different players on the pitch. I need time to understand why.

“The players never gave up but we lost our ideology on the park. I know the mentality of my team is very good. I said before, when we train and do things together, I have the feeling we have a really good mentality in our squad. When the situation like 2-2 arises, I feel we can make it easier in defence, but we need players to say ‘It doesn’t matter, we’ll continue to play our game’ but that didn’t happen today, so we need to bring that back.

“At half time, I never thought I’d say I was happy with a point at full time, but when you see the second half, we have to be happy with it. It was a nice goal from Sean shortly before full time, so it was a little bit positive before the end.

“On the other hand, I can accept that when you see the season so far for us and what’s happened in the last few months, we know there isn’t only one way to climb the table. Sometimes we have down days. Maybe the second half was one of them. In Germany, we have a saying that if you take a step down, your next step has to go higher, and I hope this is the case on Wednesday.”

Daniel and the boys were backed by an incredible 3,231 Jambos on the day and The Boss believes that will be key for Wednesday night's clash with Kilmarnock in Gorgie.

"I was very happy with the support from our fans during the game and also after the game,"he said.

“For me as a fan, it was difficult to push for the team so much during that second half, but maybe this proves we have fans who support us in difficult situations. From the outside, maybe they see my team has worked so hard in the last week, especially after last Sunday, and maybe because of that they get bonus points from the supporters and it’s a good feeling, we need and want this and I hope we can repay the fans for their support on Wednesday at Tynecastle."