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By Gary Ralston

HEARTS boss Valdas Ivanauskas has told his players to cut out the cards that threaten to wreck their season.

The Jambos have had five players sent off in their last nine games since the Scottish Cup Final in May.

Three players have walked in the last week alone as Hearts dropped from the top of the SPL and were sent crashing out of the Champions League by AEK Athens.

Ivanauskas, who hinted big-name arrivals are unlikely before the transfer window closes, knows good discipline is vital, especially as his injury list is so extensive.

Robbie Neilson misses today's visit of Inverness after his dismissal against Rangers last week and Ivanauskas said: "It's not going to be happening again.

"Before every game I speak to the players and tell them everyone in Scotland or Europe is watching and why it's important to play with emotions, but positive emotions.

"They'll be provoked sometimes but it's important the players show self-control. It's not a problem for the whole team but it's not beautiful and it won't continue."

Hearts fans have been calling for Vladimir Romanov to invest further in the team but Ivanauskas says it's unlikely and called on his players to show patience after the team were booed off the pitch following their goalless draw with Falkirk a fortnight ago.

He added: "I understand the fans always expect nice, wonderful football but in the current situation it's important the fans support the club with patience."

Ivanauskas refused to say if Julien Brellier will be told by the club to take off his jewellery before today's game.

Taken from the Daily Record

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