First Team

Accies game is of maximum importance

9th March 2017

Ian targets return to winning ways this coming Saturday.

Ian Cathro is confident that over a week's worth of hard training will pay off for his Hearts side when they take on Hamilton this coming Saturday.

The Jambos go into Saturday's game looking to end a run of three straight defeats, with their most recent outing ending in a 1-0 defeat at home to Ross County.

Last weekend was fixture-free for the boys in maroon, enabling them to get plenty of training ground hours under their belt ahead of Saturday's showdown with the Accies. 

Speaking to the press on Thursday, the Head Coach said:

“We understand where we are and we understand aspects of our play, and not least our results, have to be better.

“Having had a little bit of time in between games there’s been an opportunity for some reflection. It’s enabled me to look at some things, such as phases in games where things have maybe started to go against us.

“There’s learning to be had there. It’s for me to understand some aspects of the games better and make some reflections on that.

“We’ve analysed our recent games and looked at every aspect of them. We’ve been making adjustments, but ultimately it’s the decisions and execution of our play in key moments in games that will ensure we take the step forward."

Ian accepts he and his team owe it to the fans to put in a good performance on Saturday and he took time to praise the support they've had in recent matches.

“Saturday is everything to us. I love the fact that there’s power inside the stadium. I don’t see anything at all as a negative or as an intimidation.

“I see it as knowing what we need to do and knowing this is an important football club. It’s a club that's cared for and loved and things need to be better. I enjoy knowing it’s my responsibility to ensure that happens.

“I said after our last game that I was appreciative of how the support stayed with us right until the end. We approach Saturday’s game with the view that it’s of maximum importance."