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Stevenson: Hearts have taken foot off the gas

08 Apr 2011 14:00:03

Stevenson: Hearts have taken foot off the gas

Ryan Stevenson has suggested Hearts became complacent in their bid to confirm third place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.Hearts held a 15-point lead over fourth place at one point this season and were considered genuine threats to title-chasing Celtic and Rangers.However, after losses to each half of the Old Firm saw their hopes of a title challenge end, Hearts have recorded one win in their last five games to give Dundee United hope of overhauling their rivals.Stevenson said: "It looked so easy at one stage that we were definitely going to get there. It's been tough. When you open up that big a gap, you maybe switch off and think we're 12, 15 points in front, we're fine."The gap closes very, very quickly. Dundee United have shown how good a team they are and pressed back. We managed to get a little bit of luck on Wednesday night (United lost 2-1 at Motherwell)."We know that if we go off the boil Dundee United will be right on our tails. For us personally we've got to take it every game at a time."


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