Hearts manager Daniel Stendel has delivered a warning to his players on the eve of their huge Premiership clash with Hibs.
The Jambos are bottom of the league and are two points behind Hamilton, who have a testing trip to Ibrox on Wednesday.
It’s a chance for the German’s team to lift themselves off the bottom and put extra pressure on the Accies, but Hibs – unbeaten in their last five games under Jack Ross – represent a real goalscoring threat and the manager knows it.
Hearts lost 2-0 back in December in the last meeting between the two sides, and Stendel said of the Hibees (BBC Sport): “They are a better team. They have more structure and more power, but we know that. I hope and I think that we have good ideas to stop them.”
Stendel is under no illusions about what his team must do against their local rivals – fix up at the back to give them a chance of taking maximum points.
“After the last four league games, it was clear when we conceded 13 goals – it was too much. We scored some goals, but we had one game at Celtic where we conceded five.
“When we score goals in our situation, we have to win points. This is our situation. It’s difficult when you concede more than one goal every week. The focus was more on our defensive behaviour and it was so much better on Saturday [1-0 win vs Rangers], but it was also only one game.
“One goal decided the game for us when we had a clean sheet and that is a good start against a very good team and good individual players.”