Daniel Stendel believes his Hearts side will prove to be an entirely different proposition for St Johnstone on Saturday compared to the last time the two sides met.
Saints bagged the only goal of the game in Daniel’s first match in charge of the Jambos back in December, in a performance that left the manager less than impressed.
Signs of improvement were then evident week on week, culminating in the men in maroon’s fantastic 2-1 victory over Rangers last weekend.
Daniel admits his team weren’t at the races in the December fixture but insists that the high intensity training, along with recent performances, leaves him in no doubt that Hearts head to McDiarmid Park with a renewed sense of optimism.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference this morning, Daniel said: “My first experience was St Johnstone. It was my worst game when I started here.
“I wanted to change things, the players were motivated to do things but the idea was not so clear then.
“St Johnstone deserved to win this game because we did not play well and did not have so many chances.
“I think it’s a different game on Saturday and we have a different team.
“If you watch training then you know what we do. It does not change to the games.”
Daniel has had to make do without the services of Aaron Hickey and Michael Smith in Hearts’ last two outings, and he admits that Saturday’s trip to Perth may have come too soon for both to be involved.
“Hickey will not make this week,” he said. “He (Smith) does not train at the moment with the team. Can he work for Saturday or not, we will see.”
Daniel’s press conference is available to watch in full on HeartsTV by clicking here.