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The National (Scotland)
The National (Scotland)
David Irvine

Hearts fans in furious 'we deserve better' banner blast ahead of Kilmarnock clash

Hearts supporters tonight unveiled a banner blasting the Tynecastle board.

Fans in attendance at Rugby Park for the Viaplay Cup fixture against Kilmarnock unfurled a banner stating supporters "deserve better".

The banner held aloft read: Funded by fans. Ran by clowns. We deserve better."

Hearts are on a dire run of form with five losses in their last six outings. And supporters made their feelings clear over the current state of affairs with the banner display.

Manager Steven Naismith - formally made head coach during the international break - insisted before the match that he isn't aware of any individual pressure despite an increasingly disgruntled fan base.

He said: “I’m not aware of any [pressure] individually but I’m pretty sure there will be because I’ve experienced and seen it at the club over the last six years. If there isn’t a win at the weekend then the fans aren’t happy.

“I believe in what we are doing. Getting that instant success overnight ain’t going to happen, it is never going to happen when there is any change. I think if we can get through this period the long-term foundations are much better for longer term success.

“I’ve been around the club long enough to know that yes, you can make a few changes here or there and you can get a reaction and there might be a period of looking good.

“If you really want to move the club forward to that next level then you need to make sure every aspect of it is in sync and in line. Quick fixes for me don’t work.”

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