First Team

Cathro: Passive defending unacceptable

17th May 2017

Head coach disappointed with display as St Johnstone take three points.

Ian Cathro described his side’s defending as ‘unacceptable’ as Hearts lost 1-0 to St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park.

The Saints' first-half Chris Kane sttrike was enough to seal victory as their ground continues to be an unhappy hunting ground for the Gorgie outfit, and the Head Coach admitted their defending was the main problem.

“In the first half, we were comfortable on the ball but far too passive,” said Cathro. “We lacked aggression and intensity.

“When I say passive, I mean defensively. We need to get closer to the opposition, and earlier, and not allow them to play through us.

“That level of defending is not acceptable. The second half was improved, but we’re still not doing enough.”

Referring to the fact that Hearts are without a win at the ground of one of their nearest rivals in seven years, Cathro conceded that the situation seriously needed assessing over the summer.

“We now find ourselves in a situation where the period of time that this club hasn’t won at this ground is unacceptable, and that needs to be addressed.”