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04 January 2014 06:31
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Brown: Hearts will keep fighting

Hearts assistant manager Billy Brown issued a defiant warning that his club will not give in despite their increasingly precarious position in the Scottish Premiership.

The administration-hit club enter the second half of the season one point worse off than the 15-point deficit that they started the campaign with.

A late defeat against Edinburgh rivals Hibernian proved hard to stomach on Thursday night after Liam Craig struck a late winner from a disputed penalty.

The goal is among a number of late blows and controversial spot-kicks to have hit the team and Brown has called for some leeway as his squad battles on amid a transfer embargo.

Skipper Danny Wilson is likely to miss Sunday's visit of Partick Thistle with tonsillitis and midfielder Jamie Hamill sits out through suspension.

But Brown insists no-one at Tynecastle will become disheartened by the succession of setbacks.

"We have got a will at this club and a way about us," he said. "We are a big, big club and everyone knows that.

"We have taken everything on the chin and come back fighting and we will continue to do that.

"There are not many teams that could keep fighting the way Hearts are fighting at the moment.

"I think the players deserve every credit. They are up against it every week and most weeks we have given a good account of ourselves.

"Heart and spirit is something that is not lacking here. There have been one or two games where we have let ourselves down but, on the whole, the effort the players are putting into games is magnificent."

With the gap at the bottom increasing in recent weeks, a home game against one of their nearest rivals is not something Hearts can afford to lose.

Brown said: "Every game we have had we have had to win it. It's a different game all together on Sunday.

"I was at Parkhead on New Year's Day to see Partick Thistle play against Celtic. Partick were very, very unfortunate to lose that game.

"They played very well, so it's a different type of game all together. It's another hard game.

"Our record at Tynecastle lately hasn't been what we wanted it to be. It's a game that we have got to look to win."

Alan Archibald admits it is time his Partick side started pilfering points rather than picking up plaudits.

The Jags boss is fed up being told how well his team have played after yet another negative result, the most recent case being the 1-0 Scottish Premiership defeat by Celtic at Parkhead on Wednesday.

The visitors gave as good as they got for most of the game but another fruitless 90 minutes left them without a win in 10 games and sitting in 10th place, one point above second-bottom Ross County.

Ahead of Sunday, Archibald said: "It is getting frustrating now, especially at this time of the season.

"You hear other managers saying, 'we didn't play well today but we won'.

"Obviously you don't always want to play horrible football but we would take playing badly and winning.

"We have to take points from the four games we have coming up (Hearts, Ross County, Kilmarnock, St Johnstone), especially after the poor run we have been on.

"Kilmarnock got a win on Thursday and moved further up the table, Ross County have picked up and are one point behind us.

"But we will take the positives from Parkhead into the Hearts game.

"We responded well from the poor performance against Motherwell in the previous match, although once again we came away from the game with nothing.

"But we cut out the individual mistakes and errors and we need to do that

Source: PA