First Team

Cathro: Take our chances

18th February 2017

Head coach admits team need to be more clinical in front of goal after 1-1 draw.

Ian Cathro admitted his side’s failure to take their chances ultimately cost them as Hearts couldn't find a winner in today’s match with Inverness.

Carl Tremarco’s header in the first half gave the Caley Jags the lead, but Arnaud Djoum levelled things in the second half. Jamie Walker had the chance to win the game for Hearts from the penalty spot, but was denied by a fine save by Owain Fon Williams.

After the match, the head coach rued his side’s lack of a finishing touch in front of goal, and not keeping things tight from set pieces.

“I think we dominated the game,” said Ian. “We created enough chances to win a game and a half today. We played well at times, and we did a lot of good things, but we suffer the disappointment.

“This is a game we should be winning. Perhaps we can be more clinical inside the box, but we suffer as a result of the fact we failed to defend a set piece.”

The head coach made four changes to his side, ahead of Wednesday’s Scottish Cup replay against Hibs, but Cathro revealed his faith in the strength of his squad made the decision easy.

“We factor in everything,” he said. “We have a strong group of players, and we have those who fought hard for chances to play. I’ve no issues with anyone’s work today. We worked hard, we have levels of effort and quality.

“To dominate the game the way we did isn’t easy, but we did it well, and we should be talking about a good performance and win, but we didn’t. This is a game a club like Hearts needs to be winning.”