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Sheerin on cementing top-six spot, St Mirren turnaround & 'vast' improvements

Kilmarnock assistant manager Paul Sheerin has been talking to the media before Saturday's trip to Tynecastle to face Hearts in the Scottish Premiership.

Here are the key points from his press conference:

  • Says it was nice to go into the international break off the back of such an uplifting win against St Mirren, and the performance showed "the boys’ attitude, desire and spirit in abundance".

  • Revealed Derek McInnes was relatively calm at half-time given the circumstances, and praised the players for taking ownership, before delivering their second-half turnaround.

  • Wants Killie to secure their top-six spot as soon as possible, and will only start to think about a European spot after that.

  • Is expecting a tight game against Hearts, as most recent encounters have been between the sides. "We know how difficult it will be."

  • Believes improvements from last season have been "vast" and credited the work done by McInnes and the club's recruitment team to improve the quality of player at Rugby Park.

  • There are no new injury concerns. Kyle Magennis and Brad Lyons remain unavailable for selection, although Lyons has resumed training.

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