Heffernan has hope for partnership

  • Last Updated: November 9 2012, 16:29 GMT

Kilmarnock striker Paul Heffernan is aiming to form a lethal partnership with Cillian Sheridan as he continues his recovery from injury.

Paul Heffernan: Hopes to link up with Sheridan

Heffernan missed the first 10 weeks of the season after breaking his collarbone and manager Kenny Shiels signed Sheridan in his absence.

Sheridan has scored five goals in seven games and Heffernan has been restricted to three substitute appearances since regaining his fitness, replacing his fellow Irishman in the last two games.

Shiels has often preferred one main striker and both Sheridan and Heffernan tend to play off the shoulder of the last defender.

But Heffernan watched his team-mate strike up a good bond with Francisco Sandaza at St Johnstone last season and hopes they can link up themselves against Ross County in the SPL on Saturday.

Heffernan, who scored 15 goals last season, said: "I missed a lot of pre-season and lot of the end of last season.

"I've been back in training for three or four weeks now so hopefully I just need some more games to try and get fit and get back in the team.

"We've brought big Cillian in who has done brilliantly.

"Hopefully we can strike up a good understanding. He is an intelligent player and it's easy to play with clever footballers.

"Hopefully we can get something going and get us up the league table.

The 30-year-old added: "We didn't play a lot with two strikers last season because the manager opted to go with one, probably with Dean Shiels just in behind myself.

"Cillian struck up a good partnership last season with Sandaza so hopefully we can do the same here."

County and Killie are level on 15 points and Heffernan is eager to pull away from the bottom six after his side followed victory at Celtic Park with a home defeat by Inverness.

The former Sheffield Wednesday and Doncaster striker said: "I've not seen much of them. What I have seen is that they are a good, well-organised team who are very hard to break down.

"We'll have to be brave with the ball.

"I'm sure it will be a very tough game, as all the games are in the SPL. It's a very competitive league.

"We just need to be more consistent. We beat Celtic away one week and then we go and lose at home to Inverness.

"No disrespect to Inverness but they are the sort of games that we've got to get up for and win as well."


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