Hearts manager Daniel Stendel has hailed his side after their 1-0 win over Falkirk in the Scottish Cup at a wet and windy Falkirk Stadium.

The Jambos needed a second-half penalty strike from Sean Clare to see off the League One Bairns and Stendel insisted that his team were the better side over the 90 minutes – even if it was “not so easy.”

Hearts manager Daniel Stendel during the Scottish Premier League match between Hearts and Aberdeen at Tynecastle Park on 29 December, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Falkirk put in an impressive shift against the Jambos but Stendel believes his men picked up an important win secure passage to the next round.

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“It was not so easy today,” Stendel admitted.

“In the end it was important that we won this game.

“They had some chances but you can see we were the better team and in the end we scored a penalty. This is important for us.”

Despite Falkirk hitting the woodwork three times, the Bairns couldn’t find a way to draw level but there will have been plenty of positives for the Bairns.

BARNSLEY, ENGLAND - APRIL 19: Daniel Stendel the head coach / manager of Barnsley during the Sky Bet League One match between Barnsley and Shrewsbury Town at Oakwell Stadium on April 19, 2019 in Barnsley, United Kingdom.

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Hearts never really looked like a team playing two divisions higher than Falkirk and the Jambos really need to up their levels if they are to get themselves out of the relegation battle in the Premiership.

Stendel’s side now face Celtic on Wednesday night and the Tynecastle side will need to far better on Wednesday night or it could be a long one for Stendel and his side.

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