DAVID SMITH admits he is unconcerned that Hearts have already been written off in their battle to avoid relegation.
Gary Locke’s men – sitting 15 points behind second-bottom St Mirren in the Scottish Premiership – were set to face high-flying Aberdeen at Pittodrie today, looking to halt a run of four straight league defeats.
That gap at the bottom means the Jambos – hit with a 15-point penalty at the start of the season for entering administration – are back to square one in their bid to escape the drop.
Tynecastle attacker Smith, though, insists he and his team-mates firmly believe they can still pull off the unthinkable.
“Obviously. teams will write us off, try to get into our heads,” he conceded. “But I wouldn’t say that they should write us off.
“I think that we can still do it.
“Billy Brown and the gaffer are doing their best to try to get us right mentally. We are all young but we can’t keep using that as an excuse.
“We will all get ourselves up for it today and make the trip to Aberdeen and give it our all.
“We are all working hard. We know we need to stay in the league because this is a massive club. We just need to get a couple of things right and we can kick-start our season. We have played a few games now and it is getting to that part of the season where we really need to start picking up points. We want to get ourselves out of this and give ourselves a chance.”
Their stunning League Cup win over Hibs aside, Hearts have been on a disappointing run in the league, losing to St Johnstone, Kilmarnock, Motherwell and St Mirren in recent weeks.
But Smith believes that a victory today against The Dons could light the blue touch paper under their season once again.
The Jambos got off to a decent start in the league, only to slip away in recent weeks, but Smith added: “We beat Aberdeen at the start of the season at Tynecastle and I don’t see why we can’t go up there today, get three points and hopefully kick-start our season again.
“They are in good form. They have got a good squad up there and they have been getting good results. But I think that we have got good enough players in our team to go up to Pittodrie and get a result.”