First Team

Sean ready for Paisley battle

23rd November 2018

Sean Clare feels he is up to scratch with the Scottish game having adjusted to football north of the border.

The Englishman said: "It’s a physical game, especially in the first 20 minutes. Every game is 100 miles per hour, whereas in some other teams that I’ve played in you build into it. I think it’s something that I can cope with and something that I can do. It’s just switching that mentality but I think I’ve done that now and I’m ready to go."

The midfielder has started twice in his fledgling Hearts career, appearing off the bench a futher three times as he gets back to full fitness. 

He added: "You’ve got to win your battles early. I spoke to the gaffer about that, he spoke to me about that before I came as well. When I first came back maybe I wasn’t ready to do that because of my injuries, but I feel I’m ready to do that now."

It is the Jambos' first game back since the international break - a rest that Sean reckons has invigorated the squad. 

"The break can help sometimes - help refocus. The break’s given us a chance to re-focus and get back to where we were earlier in the season."

Craig Levein will be looking to pick up three points for the first time since late October, when his side recorded a 3-0 victory at Dens Park.

Since then, they've been winless and scoreless in four games - two of those coming against reigning champions Celtic. The side have also had to contend with the loss of top goalscorer and stand-in captain Steven Naismith.

"If we can get through this little period we will go from strength to strength with the players we’ve got now plus the players coming back. We had a tough run of games but we’re only second on goal difference at the moment and we’ve got a chance to take top spot again this week."

"We’ve got to go out and do what we can do and the rest takes care of itself."

Sean's full press conference can be viewed by clicking here.