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‘WE’LL ANSWER CRITICS,’ HEARTS STAR

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DON COWIE has answered critics who are having a go at Hearts for going four games without a win.
The Tynecastle side, in fact, have won just two of their last eight games in the top flight and it’s a miserable run they hope to halt against Mark McGhee’s Motherwell at Tynecastle this afternoon.
Midfielder Cowie pointed out the Edinburgh outfit are the second highest scorers in the Premiership behind runaway leaders Celtic, but they have been sloppy at the back while conceding 10 in the past four games.
He said: “I remember speaking after three games this season and it was a crisis then. We went on a good run and we have shown we’re willing to face the fight.

“It’s a big game this week-end against Motherwell. We’re back at home and our home form has been decent.

“I’m not going to hide the fact this has been a run of games where a club like Hearts goes in expecting and trying to win. To not win any is disappointing.

“On the positive side, we’re showing a good togetherness. We’re going behind in matches and we’re getting back into it late.

“That shows a lot about our squad, but it’s important we start winning.

“We’ve shown we can create and score goals, we just need to defend better collectively.

“I think we’re a right good team in this league. Up until the last four games, we had the best defensive record.

“We beat Motherwell earlier in the season, so they will definitely want to put one over on us.

“A lot gets made of the fact our strikers are not scoring, but to be second-top scorers in the league suggests we’re doing something right in the last third.”

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