Robbie Neilson believes his side will emerge stronger from what he describes as a difficult period in September and has set his sights on another victory over Kilmarnock.
Defeats to Hamilton, Inverness CT and Aberdeen put a dampener on Hearts’ flying start to the season, but a League Cup win followed by a goalless draw at Celtic Park has helped restored confidence.
“The game at Killie in the Cup got us back on the right track. We then got a good result at Celtic and hopefully we can kick on and pick up three points tomorrow,” Robbie told the media on Friday.
“September was always going to be a really difficult period, but we now move into games where we hope we can pick up more points.”
Hearts produced a strong defensive performance against Celtic last weekend and Robbie believes his side is benefitting from a more settled backline.
“We’ve now got a back four that’s been playing with each other for a while now. Granted, Ozturk is carrying a bit of an injury, but overall our defenders are becoming more familiar with each other.
“Saturday will be another tough test and as we learned in the Cup, Killie like to get balls into the box from wide areas. We showed against Celtic, however, that we’re capable of dealing with that.”