Ian Cathro has taken plenty of positives from last week’s win over Hamilton Accies but insists tomorrow’s clash with the Dons will be a different challenge altogether.
Hearts returned to winning ways with a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Martin Canning’s side last Saturday. Goals from Arnaud Djoum, Isma Goncalves, Jamie Walker and Malaury Martin sent the Tynecastle faithful home happy and the boys in maroon will now be looking to carry that momentum into the Saturday lunch-time clash at Pittodrie.
Speaking to the press ahead of the showdown with the second-placed Dons, Head Coach Ian Cathro said:
“It’s been a positive week for us. We take good feelings from the Hamilton game, but not too much. That game doesn’t relate too much to the challenge we face tomorrow.
“It’ll be a very different test at Pittodrie. It’s one of the toughest games of the season but we have a good understanding of how the game will be, so we’re looking to start with plenty of energy and pace.”
In addition to last Saturday’s win over Accies, Ian today received a further boost with the news that three young Hearts starts have committed their long-term futures to the club.
Jack Hamilton, Rory Currie and John Souttar have all penned contract extensions until 2020 and the Head Coach is looking forward to helping bring the best out of them over the coming seasons.
“It’s massively important and a really positive thing. Getting those deals done was probably the most straightforward thing we’ve ever done because it was the right thing for everyone involved.
“So we look forward to supporting their development and challenging them to take a prominent position in the progress of our team.”