First Team

Cathro's joy at deserved win

11th March 2017

Head coach thrilled as Hearts find their shooting boots in 4-0 thrashing of Hamilton.

Ian Cathro admitted he was delighted, albeit slightly relieved, after Hearts recorded their first win in 6 matches with a comprehensive victory over Hamilton Accies.

Following a dominant first half where Accies keeper Garry Woods made some magnificent saves, Arnaud Djoum finally broke the deadlock in first-half stoppage time.

Three free-kicks in the second half from Isma Goncalves - an indirect effort inside the area - Jamie Walker, and Malaury Martin put a deserved gloss on the victory.

After the match, Ian revealed he felt the performance hadn’t been too different from others in recent weeks, but that the small details had gone their way this time.

“We’ve had other games recently where we’ve been dominant but not been rewarded,” said Ian. “We had lots of attacks in some parts, but no reward. Today, we were a little bit stronger, quicker, but I didn’t see a massive difference in terms of performance.

“We know we’re making gradual progress on the field, but today the pleasing aspect was the character and calmness we showed in the first half. We had lots of good attacks - with lots of good saves too. 

“We could have felt stress at not getting the breakthrough, felt the anxiety and tension, but they didn’t let it happen. We more than deserved to go in ahead, and it was a relief.”

Now, Hearts look ahead to a testing trip to Pittodrie to take on second-placed Aberdeen, and the head coach is looking forward to the challenge.

“We spoke before the game that when we have a tough period, you need to focus on day to day things,” he continued. “We won’t jump too far ahead of ourselves, we’ll focus on the small details and tweak those in order to stay dominant.

“We take a sigh of relief tonight, yes, but we need to keep working on things too, and so we focus on Aberdeen now.

“It’ll be a good challenge against opponents at the top of the league where we want to be, and need to be. My focus is now on tomorrow’s training being excellent, and preparing us correctly.”