First Team

Stevie: Business as usual

18th October 2014

Assistant head coach praises players for going about their business in professional manner.

Assistant head coach Stevie Crawford has praised his players for the manner in which they continue to go about their business on the pitch.

The Jambos knocked five past Dumbarton this afternoon to maintain their 100% Championship record, and although Stevie praised the lads to the hilt, he knows that no-one at Tynecastle is getting carried away.

Speaking to the media at full time, Stevie said: “It was pleasing to score another five goals at home. All credit to the boys for the effort they put in.  It’s another three points and we keep saying it’s a game at a time. We’ll continue to go about our business that way.

“We just want to win games. Others teams in the league are the same. The pleasing thing for us now is we’re ten games into the season and we have managed to take three points off of every team.

“We’re not getting carried away. We’re in tomorrow for a recovery and we’ll focus towards the game next week.

“It’s a challenge for a lot of the boys, myself and Robbie included. We’re new to this and it’s a chance to see if we can go on and win the Championship.

“Robbie said all along that’s our focus for the season. The players are the same and that’s why it’s dangerous; we don’t want to look any further forward than our next game.

“What happens over the course of the season, we’ll find out. The demands and the workrate the boys are showing in training are going well for us at the moment but we’re not going to get carried away.”

Stevie had special words for Callum Paterson and Osman Sow, who limped off at half-time but not before opening the scoring.

“The big man’s hamstring was tight,” he said. “He’s scored a goal, he maybe could’ve had a couple before that.

“Strikers that go back to get on the end of opportunities will always score goals and credit to the big man, he could’ve went away and hid after the first couple but he was there to go and score the first goal for us.”

“It’s been a wee bit of a stop-start season for Callum but he put in a great delivery down that right side for the goal.

“The pleasing for Callum is he goes and scores towards the end of the game. He’s been in and out of the team due to injuries but today he showed the assets that he’s got with his pace and his desire to go forward.

As always, despite winning comprehensively, Stevie revealed that the coaching staff are still looking for improvement.

“You’re always looking for perfection and I know in football that you’re never going to get that but there’s always things that we can look at and try and improve on,” he stated. “Robbie’s very thorough in the work that he does and the boys have bought into it.

“We can always learn, even when we’re winning games.”