Dunfermline Press

Tidser ‘wants to keep pushing’ as he lauds team’s ‘great spirit’


KELTY HEARTS boss Michael Tidser has praised his squad’s spirit following their promising start to the campaign but wants them to “keep pushing”.

The New Central Park outfit sit fourth in the League One table, and in the promotion play-off places, having picked up 21 points from their first 14 games of the campaign.

This weekend, they’ll go in search of a seventh league win this season at Falkirk, who were knocked off the top of the table by Hamilton Academical at the weekend.

The Bairns saw their match with Cove Rangers fall victim to snow, as did Kelty, who were due to be hosting Edinburgh City, with Accies, in the division’s only game of the day, winning 5-0 against Queen of the South.

Tidser’s side have won their last two matches, both on the road, at Hamilton, in the Scottish Cup, and at Queen of the South in the league, but were on the end of their heaviest loss of the season, by a 5-1 scoreline, at home to Falkirk in September.

They head to the Falkirk Stadium, however, having won one and drawing one of their two previous visits and, speaking to Press Sport ahead of the postponed Edinburgh game, player / manager Tidser said he felt Kelty were in “a good place” but will keep demanding more from his squad. “They’ve been great. “What I have noticed is there is a real, great team spirit,” he said.

“They generate it themselves, but that’ll come from demands in training, in games, and probably how we are as a staff amongst them.

“The club’s in a good place and I don’t want to just rest on my laurels. I want to keep pushing and pushing, and really test ourselves to see how far we can go come the end of the season.

“I was like that as a player myself.

“Even if I used to score two at the weekend, I would always think I need to do it again, I need to do more.

“I always pushed myself to my limits.

“I demand a lot from the players.

“Obviously, you’ll not see it, because it’s in training and things like that, but even just standards round about the place and how we are as a group.

“I hear them, I can hear them from the office, I like them going in and having a laugh, but they know as soon as we’re out on that training pitch, it’s game on, it’s time to get focused and really get at it. To be fair, I can probably count on one hand the times where I’ve had to really step in and stamp my authority, because they all know.

“We’ve got a good bit of experience with a bit of youth and the loan boys have come in, and their attitudes have been first class.

“The boys have all came in, bought into the ideas of how we want to play, and how to conduct themselves round about the place.

“I’m never happy. I always want to keep striving to do better and see how far I can take the club.

“We’re doing alright just now, but alright’s not enough for me.

“I just want to keep pushing and seeing how far I can take it.”

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