First Team

Cathro pleased with fight

8th April 2017

Head coach hails team's character in grinding out victory against Dundee.

Ian Cathro hailed his side’s character as they put recent results behind them to grind out a deserved win against Dundee today at Tynecastle.

Isma Goncalves scored the opener after thirteen minutes, and a display that saw Hearts control the game resulted in all three points.

After the match, the head coach admitted it had been tense at times, but praised the spirit his team showed in holding onto the result.

“It was a bit nervy towards the end,” said Ian, “but that comes from being on a bad run, and the feeling around the place in the past few weeks. The important thing was getting over the line.

“We were tactically fine, and the fight was there, which some people have questioned recently. A lot of players were playing their third game in a week, so that was a big display.

“I’m not even going to call this a first step, but it was important to win and we move on to Friday night now.”

Addressing some accusations of the players lacking fight or desire, Ian enthused about the character they showed in their third match in six days.

Looking ahead to Kilmarnock away on Friday, Ian stated that the next match was vital to prove this win wasn’t a false step, and that the team could now push on.

“We’ve been inconsistent for a number of reasons, but if we deal with the players today, then a lot of them proved to themselves that they can grind out a result. We haven’t had anything like that.

“Previously, when we’ve gone ahead, we’ve seen the team fly and be clinical, but for that reason we now know we can grind out results and it’s an important show of character.

“We’re pleased to have dealt with today, we move on immediately and rest, and we don’t make this another false step. It’s time to go.”