Robbie Neilson insists Wednesday night's League Cup tie with Kilmarnock can't come soon enough for his side, whilst also confirming that he remains hopeful of adding to his squad in the coming days.
Sunday’s defeat to Aberdeen was the third on the trot for the Jambos, and whilst Robbie admits he had to pick up a deflated squad on Monday morning, he now senses a real hunger to put things right.
Speaking to Hearts TV on Tuesday morning, Robbie said:
“It was a bit flat yesterday morning but we dealt with it and today the spirits are good. We’ve identified areas we need to improve on, so we’ll work on those aspects in training as well as the key areas that we continually work on.
“The focus is on winning tomorrow night, we’re fully focused on doing well in the cup and I’m expecting a tough game against an energetic and hard working Kilmarnock side.”
Rugby Park's artificial turf is of no real concern to Robbie, having played on similar surfaces on several occasions last season. Recent upgrades at the Hearts Football Academy, meanwhile, also stand them in good stead.
“Obviously tomorrow’s game is on the astro turf, which our players enjoy as it enables them to play their passing game. We’re lucky to have astro facilities here at Riccarton, so we trained on it yesterday and today and hopefully we’ll reap the rewards tomorrow night.”
Finally, Robbie confirmed the club is still hoping to complete the signing of midfielder Arnaud Djoum, whilst midfielder Morgaro Gomis is due back later today following a family bereavement.
“We’re not far away from having a deal done, but there's still a wee bit to go. In any case, a move like this would require international clearance which means playing tomorrow night would be a bridge too far.
"As for Morgaro, he’s flying back today but I’ll have a chat with him and then we’ll both decide whether or not he should feature.”