Daniel Stendel reckons Hearts’ players could take a few pointers from Steven Naismith- but was also left to rue another injury for the Jambos striker.
Naismith returned to Hearts’ XI in the 2-1 defeat to Hamilton. He provided a focal point whilst on the park and ordered players about with captain-like qualities.
His performance was cut short though as he didn’t appear for the second half. Hearts’ efforts clearly suffered after this, eventually going on to lose 2-1 against Accies.
It leaves them bottom over Christmas and with plenty to ponder ahead of a huge match with Hibs on Boxing Day. Stendel’s provided an update on why he was hooked whilst urging other Jambos to take up his ethics.
“Maybe some players will surprise me in the future or we have to change things,” said Stendel. “I have to convince the players about my work, but they need to change things themselves too.
“We have supported every player in the squad over the past two weeks but what we’ve had back is not enough. The responsibility for the next game is with the squad and with every player.
“Steven Naismith tried to play. He wanted to help the team but he got hurt in the first half and a decision was made. We know it’s not easy on this pitch but he wanted to help.
“Hopefully the other players can see his mentality and what he wants to do for the club. Steven MacLean isn’t the youngest player in our squad but he gives everything on the pitch too. I want to see this from all my players.”