First Team

We'll work hard to turn this around

1st March 2017

Head Coach reflects on Ross County defeat.

Ian Cathro admitted the Hearts team were working hard to restore confidence to the side in the wake of a disappointing defeat against Ross County.

The Staggies won 1-0 thanks to an Alex Schalk goal early in the second half and the head coach tried to look for the positives after a third successive reverse.

"It's clear we have a bad week. We've had disappointing results, we've taken few hits particularly the completely unacceptable performance against Hibs. 

"It was maybe not as negative but there were some poor issues on Saturday. I dont see tonight's game in that category. It was certainly improved in that sense. 

"We are trying to help the players feel more positive and bring the confidence back into their play."

When asked how the team could get themselves out of this rut, Ian admitted that only hard work and fighting for each other would do the trick.

"We need to move forward and moving forward is winning games. Often it's the case when you are in a tough spot. 

"Alex made a mistake for the goal. What you see in his reaction and the team's reaction was determination to the point of desperation.

"It would have been more positive if we had won. But we have only had one clean week since coming back form the break. 

"So the time coming up will be important to work and get our confidence levels up and make sure we are ready for the next game - and try and win it."

Finally, Ian thanked the Hearts fans for their support despite the disappointment of losing on home turf.

"I thought the fans were excellent throughout the game, particularly towards the end in staying with the team.

"I think they recognised the players had the determination and fight to resolve the situation.

"We have to be very positive and thankful for that."