King: Experience is key to Hearts’ upturn

Billy King feels Hearts have improved greatly since the start of the season
Billy King feels Hearts have improved greatly since the start of the season
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BILLY KING believes the significant improvement in Hearts’ young players over the past two months is simply down to the fact they are all that bit more experienced.

Lengthy losing streaks earlier in the season and the demoralising 7-0 thrashing at the hands of Celtic in the Scottish Cup cast doubt on the ability of many of the young players fast-tracked out of the Riccarton academy.

However, aside from the 2-0 home defeat against Partick in early January, Hearts have shown much improved form ever since an impressive display in a 1-1 draw at St Mirren at the end of December.

As they head to Motherwell today hoping to make it five league away games in six without defeat, those difficult early-season days look to be a thing of the past for Gary Locke’s team.

Teenage winger King reckons it is simply down to the young players requiring time to find their feet in the first team.

“I think we’ve made vast improvements since the start of the season,” said the 19-year-old, who is eager to increase his own first-team exposure. “It’s just down to experience – I think that’s the main thing. Playing at this level regularly, you see the improvements already with our recent form and results. We’ve done so much better than at the start of the season.”