Michael Smith believes a change of mentality is required ahead of Friday's Betfred Cup clash against Motherwell.
The Hearts right back couldn't hide his disappointment following Saturday's goalless draw with Ross County at Tynecastle. Speaking to Hearts TV after the match, he admitted the boys in maroon simply weren't good enough on the day.
"Did we deserve to take something from the game? No, not really. From 1 to 11, we weren’t good enough across the park. They worked harder than us and it showed," said Smith.
"To get a foothold of the game you have to work hard, first and foremost. We didn’t do that today, it’s the first rule in football and we haven’t done it. We didn’t get anywhere near the performance level we should have been at.
"We need to create more for the boys up top. We need to work on our play in the final third and I think we’ll get better the more Washington, Naismith and Uche play together."
The Jambos must now re-group ahead of a crucial Betfred Cup showdown at Fir Park on Friday night. Michael believes the team know what they need to do to bounce back.
"If we change our mentality then we can get a result. We know what games there are like, they can be scrappy. I remember the game here last year, it was a hell of a cup tie.
"We know what it’s like, we got to the (Betfred Cup) Semi Final last year and a Scottish Cup Final. We want those big stage games again this season."
You can watch Michael's interview in full by clicking HERE.
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