HEARTS boss Daniel Stendel revealed his side’s dramatic 1-0 Scottish Cup quarter-final victory over Rangers at Tynecastle was back to front.

The German coach concentrated on getting the defensive side of his team’s game correct before looking to the attack.

THE WINNER…the Rangers rearguard is in disarray as Oliver Bozanic slots in the only goal.

The Jambos had conceded 13 goals in their previous five games to remain bottom of the Premiership, but last Friday’s postponed match against St Mirren gave coaching staff time to work on defending.

It worked a treat and Oliver Bozanic’s second-half strike decided the tie to send Steven Gerrard’s side spinning to defeat for the second time at the venue this year following the 2-1 league collapse in January when Liam Boyce got the late winner.

A delighted Stendel, speaking to the Evening News, admitted: “I thought only about winning the game for the last 20 minutes.

“It is good that we have this positive result. For the Cup, it is important and we need more positive moments in the league.

HAIL THE HERO…Oliver Bozanic races away in delight.

“We worked very hard for the last two weeks on our defensive behaviour and I am happy that we kept a clean sheet against one of the best teams in the league. It was not so easy after the injury to John Souttar, but Clevid Dikamona did very well.

“It was good work from all in the team and this is what we want to do in the future. When we concede less goals, we can win a game with one goal.”

Stendel added: “After the last game, we also thought it was the start of a lot of wins.

“I told the players it is hard work and we need to think more for the club than for ourselves. We play for a great club and we need to stay in the league. It is not easy, but it was good work.

“We need to do it again on Tuesday against Hibs.”


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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