Sergio hails his Hearts battlers

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Paulo Sergio

Manager Paulo Sergio has praised the fighting spirit of his Hearts side amid their ongoing turmoil.

Hearts on Saturday claimed a second win in eight games since their payment troubles began, beating Clydesdale Bank Premier League bottom club Dunfermline 4-0 at Tynecastle.

"I'm very happy with the boys," Sergio told Hearts TV, with the club's media ban ongoing.

"They deserve it, they are living very hard times.

"We have to learn to fight together, not to turn our backs on the problems and be cowards.

"It's about the cumulative, it's thinking as one, as the team.

"It's for Hearts that I'm here. Thinking always about Hearts, not just one individual person. It's Hearts that matters to me."

There was one exception, with Andrew Driver removed from the matchday squad after voicing his displeasure with Sergio.

Sergio insisted Driver was a good player and was welcome at Hearts and was disappointed with the winger's wish to no longer play under his management.

The Hearts boss added: "He has to learn to wait for his chance, because Hearts have more players than just Driver."

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