Daniel Stendel says Hearts were after more against Hamilton- but consistent form can help fire them to Premiership safety.

The Jambos had the chance to move off bottom and leapfrog 11th placed Accies with a win at Tynecastle. It looked set to turn into a nightmare for the German early on though.

Daniel Stendel watched his side start terribly.

Daniel Stendel watched his side start terribly. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Marios Ogkmpoe had struck twice inside the opening 20 minutes to give the away side a very healthy advantage. It handed Hearts a mountain to climb but they did reach the summit.

Jamie Hamilton was red carded for handball just after Hamilton’s second. They held on in the first half but second half strikes from Jamie Walker and Craig Halkett ensured the Tynecastle side got a point.

Whilst given the circumstances a point isn’t terrible, overall, Hearts really needed to win this. It was a chance to get one-up on their relegation rivals ahead of a run of games which includes matches against St Mirren, Rangers, Hibs, Motherwell and Livingston in their next five.

A win was needed. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Stendel, speaking to Hearts’ website, says whilst he wanted more from the Accies game, he believes Hearts can hit form shown in glimpses: “The problem right now is that every small mistake is a goal.

“We expected to win the game today and pass Hamilton in the table. We’re still one point behind but we can do this on Friday if we win. We started the year well with the games against Airdrie, Ross County and Rangers. Everyone thinks we’re in a good place and two weeks later we’re in a bad place again.

“I believe we can get this form again, but with every week we run out of time and there’s more pressure, and we need to sort this.”

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