Hearts boss Daniel Stendel says he can feel three key traits gathering in the Jambos’ dressing room after an uplifting Scottish Cup result.
The German recorded his first victory as Gorgie boss at the weekend, sweeping League One Airdrie aside 5-0. It sealed their place in the last 16 of the competition, where they will face Arbroath or Falkirk.
Stendel says things are starting to come together at Tynecastle. He told Hearts’ website: “I said to the players we did so much work in the last two weeks, we had ten sessions in the last week and did some team building exercises. This is all we can do without games, and it’s good.
“I said to Andy Kirk and Jorg Sievers, I can feel more passion and mentality and power in the changing room. The biggest thing we can do is to win games and it was a good experience for us today, and I hope it gives us a boost for Wednesday at Ross County.
“Normally, every team fights for each other but we needed time to get this feeling back in the group. I can feel it in every training, it’s important we do our best and see how we can do on Wednesday.”
Taking the form to Dingwall
It’s important that this is now built on for Stendel. A first win under the German will be a boost for the Tynecastle club and now they must take the positives from this 5-0 win to Dingwall on Wednesday.
In the Highlands they will face Ross County, who will be reeling after their Scottish Cup elimination to Championship side Ayr United.
Sitting five points adrift at the bottom, Stendel is in urgent need of a first league win. It would be a huge lift as they look to secure their Premiership status.
Stendel obviously feels that good traits are beginning to appear in his squad.