Hearts manager Daniel Stendel reckons his side can fire themselves to Premiership safety after watching the Jambos blow Edinburgh rivals Hibs out the water.

His men turned in a stunning second half performance to ease past their Edinburgh rivals 3-1. Sean Clare was first to hit the net after 51, dispatching a penalty kick past Ofir Marciano to send the travelling Jambos wild.

Clare got them going. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It got even better 13 later when Oliver Bozanic curled in a brilliant effort into the bottom left corner as Stendel’s side took full control of the game. Conor Washington’s strike nine minutes from time had them in dreamland.

A Melker Hallberg consolation did little to dampen Jambo spirits as they moved off bottom. Stendel believes results and performances like this can fire them to top flight safety.


“We have ten games to go. When we play like this and like Saturday (against Rangers), we have a really good chance,” said the Hearts boss. “It’s my first derby victory. The game was open for a long time for both sides.

Form has to keep going. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

“We wanted to stay more compact and there were not many chances. In the second half, with the penalty, it swung the game our way. We got more space and we used it to score three goals.

“The important thing is that we won the game but we fought so much for a clean sheet. I am a bit unhappy we conceded a goal on 89 minutes but we deserved to win. We deserved some happy hours after a long time with no-so-easy games. It’s only one game in the league. We need to do it again on Saturday and again next week. It’s good for our confidence that we know we can do it twice in a row.

“I hope we can show the same three times in a row now. If the players take this into the next games, we have a good chance to climb the table. After Boxing Day, I knew it was hard for our supporters to see Hibs celebrate a win in our castle. We got our revenge.”

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