Daniel Stendel has launched praise for both Steven MacLean and Aaron Hickey in the wake of his first Hearts match.

It didn’t go to plan for the 45-year-old as the Jambos went down 1-0 to St Johnstone. A second half strike from Callum Hendry handed Tommy Wright’s men a big three points.

A bad day for Stendel and Hearts. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

Speaking after the game, Stendel says that Hickey and MacLean were two players that impressed in maroon, despite the final result.

He told the Hearts website: “Some players surprised me positively today, some players we need more time to change things with. In the first half, Steven MacLean shows that he understands the game, and he wants to play but it’s difficult for him to do this alone.

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“In the second half, Aaron Hickey showed he wants to play offensively, he tried to play cross balls and push our game in front and he’s the youngest player on the pitch. This is a sign for everyone to take note, that the youngest player on the pitch played with the most bravery.

Hickey impressed. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“Every player can play my system, some better and some not as well, but we need more confidence in everything that we do.”

Big Accies clash comes next for Hearts

This is a damaging result for Hearts. Against one of their closest rivals at the bottom of the league, thay had to be winning this home match. To lose the game is a big blow ahead of another big game.

They head to Hamilton to face Accies next in what will be a crucial tie for both sides. Currently occupying 11th and 12th place, Stendel needs at least draw to ensure the Jambos don’t go bottom.

MacLean was another who impressed. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

In reality they should be winning this comfortably, but one win since September tells you all you need to know. Hamilton don’t head into this game in great form either, having not won in 11.

South Lanarkshire will be the place where a big clash at the bottom end of the Premiership will take place this weekend.

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