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McGlynn: Driver form is key

Hearts manager John McGlynn has urged Andrew Driver to continue his productive form on the wing.

Last Updated: 17/12/12 at 21:44 Post Comment

Andrew Driver: Working hard to keep his place in the Hearts starting XI

Andrew Driver: Working hard to keep his place in the Hearts starting XI

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The 25-year-old is currently competing with the likes of Arvydas Novikovas, Jamie Walker and Callum Paterson for the wide berths - and McGlynn is keen to keep him on his toes.

In the wake of a fine performance from Driver in the 2-2 draw at St Johnstone, Jambos boss McGlynn said: "I'm delighted Driver did really well on Saturday. He's working really hard and he's a good lad.

"I've known him for a long time, since he was 14. I've worked with him right the way through and he's a good guy to work with. He did exceptionally well and we are looking for him to kick on now.

"We've got a good squad and good wide players. Jamie Walker had come in recently and done quite well. We've moved Callum Paterson out to wide right and he got a goal against Aberdeen.

"We also have Arvydas Novikovas, so we're very fortunate to have good wide players. There is pressure on wingers to deliver all the time and sometimes they don't. When that happens, the situation comes under review and I have to go and pick someone. If he goes in and does well, you maybe have to bide your time until it's your opportunity again.

"Driver came on for 45 minutes against Hibs, he played against Aberdeen and he played again on Saturday. He scored a goal, he put the ball in for John Sutton's goal, and he put other balls into the box during the game. It was his cross that John Sutton knocked down to Gordon Smith, and maybe he should score when we were 2-1 up.

"If the score had gone to 3-1 at that point then a two-goal cushion would probably have been enough for us. Our defence is normally solid enough to hold on to a two-goal lead."

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