First Team

Cathro ready for Tynie debut

15th December 2016

The Head Coach can't wait to take charge of his first Hearts match at Tynecastle.

Ian Cathro can’t wait to make his Tynecastle debut and has urged his side to produce a dominant display against Partick Thistle.

The visit of the Jags will see the Head Coach take his place in the Tynecastle dugout for the first time since taking over from Robbie Neilson. Speaking to the media ahead of Saturday’s Ladbrokes Premiership encounter, Ian insisted his team should be looking to control proceedings against Alan Archibald’s men.

“I’m looking forward to the game. I’m looking forward to the feeling of the stadium and feeding off the energy,” he said.

“I’m expecting to come up against a well-organised team. Partick have evolved in recent years and their team has more aspects to it now, which is testament to the good work that has gone on at that club.

“So yes, it’ll be a difficult game but the biggest thing for us is to try and be the team that controls the game.

“So we need to be ready to try and make the game look the way we want it to.”

Ian will be boosted by the fact he’s had a full week to prepare for the tie, having been reduced to less than a handful of training sessions prior to Saturday’s defeat at Ibrox. He is adamant, however, that in the short-term his focus is on making small improvements rather than wholesale changes.

“We’ll be looking to make some alterations with regards to how we defend certain situations and also how we move the ball and the positions we want to take,” he explained.

“But again, we’ve only had around eight or nine training sessions so far. Changes will happen but the team’s been playing well, this isn’t a dramatic situation.

“We’re fine, we’re working well and trying to make progress on a daily basis.