John Souttar believes this Hearts side has the ability to ‘bounce back’ from the disappointing midweek defeat against Kilmarnock when they face Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Saturday.
The Jambos fell to a 2-0 defeat at Rugby Park on Wednesday in a performance that the 20-year-old described as “not good enough”.
He thinks that the high standards he and his teammates have set themselves means that nothing less than a win in the highlands will do.
“I don’t think there is any way we can hide what happened at Kilmarnock,” he said. “It wasn’t a good performance. We had chances and didn’t take them, but it was a poor night and not good enough for a Hearts team to go anywhere and play like that.
“It’s done and there is a game coming up at Inverness, so we need to get going again. I think we have character in the dressing room to bounce back.
“We have bounced back from bad results this season and you need to because big teams don’t dwell on things.
“Every team in the league is going to have a poor performance, but it is about how you react and you need to go to Inverness and get the right result.”
Hearts head to the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium at the weekend, searching for a first league win since 2010 and John knows how difficult a task it will be against a resurgent Caley Thistle side.
“You have to be at your top in every game and you have to demand high standards of yourselves,” he said. “If you get slack and sloppy against any team in the Premiership, they will beat you, so you need to be at the top of your game.
“Inverness is a tough place to go. They are a good side, especially at home. On the back of a bad result, we’ll need to go and do it.”