Hearts forward Steven Naismith has disclosed that he hadn’t found the back of the net as often as he had liked this season. However, that changed in the recent game against Arbroath.

The veteran striker scored a hat-trick in the 3-1 win. That took his goal tally for the season to five in 11 games. Hearts’ victory moved them five points clear of Dunfermline at the top of the Championship table.

Took time to get up to speed

The 34-year-old admitted that it took him some time to get up to speed for this season, which was frustrating. One of the reasons that Naismith feels could be a factor for that is the sudden football lockdown which ended last season.

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Steven Naismith celebrates scoring for Hearts against Arbroath (Photo by Paul Devlin/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“I haven’t scored as many as I would have liked” he said.

“It puts me back among the boys at the top of the charts. I had a slow start in terms of a few wee niggles. But, that was probably lockdown being too long for someone my age” Naismith continued.

“A bit of a pounding”

“Your body takes a bit of a pounding and that was the biggest frustration, and it is nice to be in a rhythm now” he concluded.

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Hearts’ Steven Naismith has helped the team go clear in the Championship (Photo by Paul Devlin/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Robbie Neilson will be delighted with Naismith’s contributions to the team you would imagine. Even if the player has not scored a lot of goals, his experience has been vital. He has help Hearts navigate what could have been a difficult start to the season in style.

If Naismith only scores another 10 goals this season, that will have been a very valuable contribution to the team and the bid for promotion.

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