First Team

Ready for Dons

29th December 2016

We must build on Killie performance, insists Cathro.

Ian Cathro has urged his team to build on their recent performance against Kilmarnock as they look to defeat Aberdeen tomorrow night.

The Jambos will take on the Dons under the Tynecastle floodlights on Friday night and the Head Coach believes his team are improving game by game.

Hearts trail Aberdeen by three points, however, the boys in maroon will take confidence from their emphatic 4-0 win over Kilmarnock on Tuesday.

“It was an important win for a number of reasons. Firstly it allows everyone to feel a slight bit of relief, but probably more of a reward for the work they’ve done,” said Cathro.

“It’s also a reward for responding to challenges and being stronger in the difficult moments of the game. The players managed it well and that was the most pleasing part.

“We now move on to the next game and will look to put in another good performance. We believe in our work here and it’s about progressing in every match.”

On the injury front, Ian is hopeful to have Don Cowie back in the squad for the visit of the Dons. The midfielder missed out on Tuesday night’s win over Kilmarnock after being stretchered off at Dens Park.

“Don’s feeling better. He had a bit of an illness on the go at the same time but he’s fully recovered from that and as for his neck he’s feeling okay.

“We just need to see how he is and how he feels after training. There’s a possibility he’ll be available tomorrow.”

Finally, the Head Coach touched on Callum Paterson’s injury and insisted the setback will only prove a minor hindrance in the Scotland international’s career.

“Callum will go on to achieve everything he wants to achieve in the game.

“This is a road bump. He’ll deal with that and he’ll get the support he needs to do so.”