First Team

Ian: Improving day by day

27th December 2016

Head coach happy to get first victory in Tynecastle dugout, but admits hard work continues.

Ian Cathro was pleased to gain his maiden victory as Hearts Head Coach, but confessed he feels there’s more to come from his Hearts side after a 4-0 thumping of Kilmarnock.

A sold-out Tynecastle was treated to two goals in each half, as Callum Paterson, Arnaud Djoum and a Jamie Walker double earned Hearts a well deserved win.

After the match, Cathro spoke to the press and discussed how he’d seen proceedings unfolding from his station in the technical area.

“There’s always something, parts in our play we can improve on,” said Cathro. “We can move the ball quicker, it can be calmer and clearer but these are small steps we’re talking about. Really, it’s a similar message from me, we’ve just got to keep working.

“It’s a little bit easier when you see a reward for your work, and to feel good and strong, and stay on top and in control, and they all deserve to feel good about their performance.”

When asked where he felt the team had managed to improve on their performance from the defeat at Dens Park on Friday night, Cathro revealed he felt the team had started to free themselves from their shackles slightly, and play with more creative freedom.

“The moments where we managed to stay in the opponents’ half were promising, inside that players are starting to release themselves and free themselves, with a little bit more energy or inspiration. We’re getting more comfortable with our work and play day-by-day.

“I asked everyone to find a little bit more, and I think tonight, everybody found that little bit more.”

Lastly, the Head Coach admitted he had nothing new to offer in terms of Paterson’s injury, stating: “We don’t know for sure yet, it’s an awkward one and bringing some concern obviously but we don’t know at this stage, we need to hope things are as positive as possible when they eventually get looked at.”