Hearts centre-back Craig Halkett has been impressed with the standard of defending his team have displayed in recent weeks.

The Tynecastle club have conceded only one goal in their last four games, and that was from the penalty spot, in the recent draw with Queen of the South. Halkett feels that he and the rest of the Hearts defence have gone back to basics in the last few games, and it has paid off.

“It’s working”

“Over the last few weeks we’ve knuckled down and really started working on defending outside the box. I think it’s shown over the last few weeks that it’s working” he said.

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Craig Halkett during a Hearts training session (Photo by Mark Scates/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“Individually, I wouldn’t say I’ve been perfect, but I think everyone can still get better” Halkett mused.

Halkett disclosed that he and his Hearts team-mates had a discussion as they felt that they had been conceding too many goals this season. The discussion seems to have worked, as Hearts have tightened up at the back recently.

“Conceding far too many”

“I just have to concentrate on my own performances. We’ve started picking up clean sheets in the last few weeks, although we didn’t get one on Friday. It’s something we spoke about in-house. We were conceding far too many goals for our liking” Halkett revealed.

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Craig Halkett makes a challenge against Hibernian (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Hearts return to action this weekend, when they take on Morton at Tynecastle. They will be wanting to improve on their performance in last Friday’s 1-1 draw with Queen of the South.

As it stands Hearts are 13 points clear at the top of the Championship. However, second placed Raith have two games in hand. Therefore, Halkett and his Hearts teammates won’t be taking anything for granted.

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