Joel Pereira has demanded that Hearts show a reaction in their next game after the Manchester United loanee watched three goals go past him against Kilmarnock.

The three strikes came within the first 16 minutes which gave the Jambos next to no chance of fighting back. It has left the Jambos joint-bottom.

Struggling. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Pereira has now discussed some of the ‘frustrating’ elements of his own performance in recent times as the Red Devils man endures a tough stint along with his Gorgie teammates.

“Obviously it’s frustrating as a goalkeeper,” Pereira told the Edinburgh Evening News. “Conceding goals is never good and you always want a clean sheet. In the last three games we have lost eight and that is a bit frustrating.

“I just need to work harder. I will have a look at myself, what went wrong and what I could do better – as I always do. I want to do better so hopefully this weekend will be better for us.”

A tough period for Pereira

So far this term, the Portuguese stopper has made nine Premiership appearances for Hearts. He’s been their number one in what has been a pretty disappointing campaign for them.

Pereira has endured a disappointing campaign with Hearts since his Manchester United spell. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He’s kept two clean sheets as Hearts continue to be dragged into a relegation scrap. This loan will be testing Pereira in ways he perhaps didn’t expect.

Joining Hearts, you expect to be fighting in the Premiership’s top half, not the bottom six. Pereira has been forced to adapt though, and with tough fixtures against Rangers, Livingston and Motherwell in their next three games, his adopted side need to put points on the board.

With the side joint-bottom of the Premiership, the Old Trafford loanee will be hoping for an upturn in fortunes at Tynecastle very quickly.

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