'We're not getting carried away' - Forrest

Alan Forrest insists Hearts are taking one game at a time despite their commanding lead in third place.

Saturday's win over last season's 'best of the rest' Aberdeen tightened the Jambos hold on their spot in Premiership, putting them 19 points ahead of the weekend's opposition.

“It was good to get the win,” Forrest told Hearts TV.

“You could see from the way Aberdeen came out for the second half that they were going to make things difficult for us. I felt we were able to pick things up from there and show our quality.

“Against a good Aberdeen side, it’s testament to the run of form that we’re in. We’re taking it one game at a time and we’re not getting carried away. You need to stay focused because if you start thinking too far ahead, there are lots of good teams waiting.

"We take it one game at a time and look forward to the next one where we’ll look to take another three points. It’s just the same as every game.”

“We got together at half-time and acknowledged we were losing those second balls and how we needed to tighten up on that. They were getting more first contacts than us, growing into the game and getting chances,” he added.

“We were able to take control of the game and get on top of it though, and our quality came through. It was a great penalty from Jorge [Grant] and a fantastic finish from Shanks. It was very similar to his goal at Livingston.

“Whenever he’s gotten an opportunity like that in the box, you’re always confident that he’s going to take it. We had a few more chances in the game as well and could have ended up with four or five.”