First Team

Cathro: Wins will come

14th April 2017

Head coach disappointed with no Rugby Park victory, but focuses on positives.

Ian Cathro was disappointed to not take all three points, but content with his side’s display after Hearts were held to a 0-0 draw with Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.

In a game of few clear chances, Hearts held their line firmly and secured a second clean sheet in a row, while Isma Goncalves came closest for the away side.

After the match, the Head Coach admitted that the game wasn’t the greatest, and that his side could be doing more with the ball when they had it.

“It wasn’t a great spectacle,” said Cathro. “We had a decent start and a lot of possession, but we needed to speed up our play and make sure there’s more value in our possession when we have the ball.

“We made some subs early in the second half to try and influence the game, and Kilmarnock made some changes too that made the game flow a bit quicker, a bit more aggressive. We had to adapt our shape to push up the park.”

As the race for fourth place intensifies, Cathro conceded that they had to simply focus on winning their own matches before looking at anyone else.

“We’re disappointed that we never took our chance to win, because we came here to do that. As it stands, we have to keep focussing on ourselves until the gap is small enough to start putting pressure on other teams. We’ve not been on a good run, obviously.

“As a result, there’s a bit of vulnerability in the side, you could see that at the end of the Dundee game, and again tonight, but we got through them both, without conceding any goals.

“All we can do to get more wins is make sure minute-by-minute we do the right things, and manage the game properly when we’re on top, and when we do, we’ll get the results, it’s as simple as that.”