Can­ning awaits a fired-up Hearts

Evening Times - - SPORT - By LUKE MUIR

MARTIN CAN­NING ex­pects his Hamil­ton side will face a Hearts team seek­ing to prove a point this week­end.

Aberdeen goal­keeper Joe Lewis kept Hearts at bay in a goal­less draw at Mur­ray­field last Satur­day as Craig Levein made his Lad­brokes Premier­ship re­turn as man­ager.

With Levein hav­ing taken over from care­taker head coach Jon Daly just two weeks ago, Can­ning an­tic­i­pates the Tynecas­tle play­ers will ar­rive at New Dou­glas Park as men on a mis­sion to im­press their new man­ager.

“I watched them on Satur­day – which will be the judge for us given it was Levein’s first game – and they were good,” Can­ning said.

“They felt their way into the game and were prob­a­bly the bet­ter team for the last hour. We know it will be a dif­fi­cult game.

“Craig with his ex­pe­ri­ence will gal­vanise the team pretty quickly, get them do­ing what he wants them to do and it will be a dif­fi­cult game for us.

“But it is one we know we can com­pete in if ev­ery­one works as hard as they have been.

“They will all be ea­ger to im­press a new man­ager, es­pe­cially some­one with Craig’s stature. All the play­ers will want to be in the team so from the start I would imag­ine they will be right at it.

“It will be dif­fi­cult but it’s one I be­lieve we can take some­thing from.”

Can­ning is still wait­ing for a visa to come through for new sign­ing An­to­nio Ro­jano, from Ar­gentina, but be­lieves it is only a mat­ter of time un­til the for­mal­i­ties are com­pleted.

“Some­thing came through the other day, so I think it will be done in seven to 10 days,” he said. “I don’t see any hic­cups, it’s just a lengthy process.”

Although the striker has been strug­gling with a quad prob­lem, Can­ning com­mended his level of train­ing.

“His at­ti­tude has been fan­tas­tic, he is work­ing away, re­ally hard,” he said.

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