First Team

Ian: That was for the fans

1st February 2017

Head Coach thrilled as Hearts put Rangers to the sword at Tynecastle.

Ian Cathro was delighted with his team's emphatic performance against Rangers tonight.

The Jambos produced one of their best performances of the season so far as they beat Mark Warburton's men 4-1 at Tynecastle.

Krystian Nowak gave the home side the perfect start with his first goal for the club after just four minutes, but Rangers levelled through an Emerson Hyndman strike ten minutes before half-time.

However, in the first 20 minutes of the second half, the Gorgie Boys upped the tempo. Jamie Walker rifled in a stunner from 25 yards, before tap-ins from Don Cowie and Walker again completed the victory.

Speaking after the match, the Head Coach described his pleasure as his side delivered the kind of performance he felt his team has always been capable of.

“I’m pleased that a lot of people have been able to let out some of the frustrations they’ve had with the difficult moments we’ve experienced so far,” he said. “I think that was a factor in a lot of the game.

“Sometimes it hurts and we all hurt but we stay strong collectively.I enjoyed seeing the players enjoying themselves. It’s out now and we move on.

“I never had any doubt about where we would go and the stage we would reach,” he continued. “The only thing that was difficult and frustrated me was the 17,000 fans inside the stadium not seeing that yet.

“They were asked to believe and take my word for it and sometimes that’s difficult. The longer that goes on, the more difficult it is. What pleases me is that everyone else has had a glimpse into that and hopefully they’re excited.

When asked what aspects of the performance he had found most satisfying, Ian admitted the tempo the team maintained throughout the 90 minutes gave him the most pleasure.

“What pleased me most was the fact that the performance lasted for the entire 90 minutes. I think that’s important.

“Every time the ball went dead our players were together and we were strong and fighting. We wanted to say on top. Only good teams want to stay on top.

“I want to attack. I don’t mean disrespect to any opponents, but as long as the game’s going on, I want us to attack. I want us to score goals. I’ll never change in that approach.”

Finally, Ian was asked to give his thoughts on Jamie Walker as the attacker continued his magnificent season by taking his goal tally to 14, and he was concise in his thoughts.

“I love him!” he said, with a beaming smile. “I just love him, I love his talent. There’s nothing more to add, really! I love working with him.”