Hearts V Ross County at Tynecastle Stadium : Match Preview

28 February 2017 06:34
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Hearts are feeling the strain after Partick Thistle defeat - Andraz Struna

Hearts defender Andraz Struna admits the Jambos are feeling the strain after their latest nightmare result.

But the Slovenia international insists the Gorgie dressing room remains united despite the setbacks piling up.

Ian Cathro's side have found themselves in the firing line of supporters since surrendering to city rivals Hibernian in last week's William Hill Scottish Cup clash.

Things went from bad to worse on Saturday as they lost away to Partick Thistle as their winless run was extended to four games.

Full-back Struna confessed those last two results have rocked the Tynecastle squad but insists they will strive to turn their season around - starting with Wednesday's visit of Ross County.

He told HeartsTV: "There are a lot of opinions right now, people speaking about strategies for what we must do.

"The fact is the results are not what everybody wants.

"As for the reasons, I cannot discuss them publicly but I can see in the dressing room we all want to find the solution.

"It's hard because there is a lot of emotion, a lot of stress. But we must find the way out of this situation as soon as possible.

"Hearts is a big club that has a good reputation in Scotland. We always want to fight for the top of the table.

"That is good and we expect things from ourselves like this. We all know the recent results are not what we want now but we are trying to find a solution.

"It was a bad week but this is sport. We don't have time to cry and all these things.

"We must get up again and try to get out of this bad situation. We'll start doing that by looking to get some positive things like a good performance on Wednesday.

"We know it will be hard. Nobody likes to be in a situation like this - but this is no time to look back. We must look forward and have faith."

Ross County boss Jim McIntyre admits he is taking no encouragement from Hearts' miserable run - because his side's form is just as bad.

McIntyre's side have lost their last three games and have managed just one win since the turn of the year.

"All we are caring about is ourselves," McIntyre told Press Association Sport. "We just need to worry about what is going on with our players.

"We've not exactly been on the best of runs either.

"We've lost our last three matches very narrowly by the odd goal. They all seem to be late goals too.

"So we're just looking to bounce back ourselves.

"Both teams will be desperate to make up for some recent results."

The Dingwall outfit have slid down the Ladbrokes Premiership and are three points off bottom in ninth place.

But McIntyre is refusing to worry about being cut adrift with the other relegation strugglers just yet.

"There is certainly not a big enough gap at the moment to say they are getting away from us," he said.

"But equally we recognise we need to start picking up points and to do it in the next couple of games.

"We know going to Tynecastle we're going to need a similar type of performance.

"They haven't had the results they'd have wanted recently but they still have really good players, guys who can hurt us, so we will have to be fully focused."


Source: PAR


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