CHRISTOPHE BERRA has said that the return to Tynecastle could be the catalyst to revitalise the Jambos season.
Berra has promised to lead the charge as Hearts look to amend for a poor couple of weeks, which saw three defeats out of three.
The Hearts captain, 32, saw his side beaten 1-0 in the Edinburgh derby then back-to-back home defeats to Rangers (3-1) and Kilmarnock (2-1).
“It was a tough week for us but that’s when you’ve got to stand up, be thick-skinned and get on with it. Hopefully being back at Tynecastle will make a big difference, although there will be a lot of pressure on us as well. Also, the players recovering from injury will hopefully be back in time. We’ve asked a lot of the young players to come in. We’ve been chopping and changing and we don’t have a settled team, like Hibs do, for example.”
Berra suggested, in his interview with the Edinburgh Evening Times, that injuries to key players such as Jamie Walker, Aaron Hughes, Arnaud Djoum and Prince Buaben all missing haven’t helped Craig Levein’s side.
“Every week, you want eight, nine or ten players to be the same. We’ve been chopping and changing through injuries and playing young boys. We’re a work in progress. It might take the manager a wee while to shape his team and get what he wants, but that’s no excuse. We should be beating teams at home.
“It’s small margins right now but everyone is looking forward to getting back to Tynecastle. Hopefully we can generate that atmosphere. It will be intimidating if we’re on the front foot, creating chances and getting crosses and shots in. Hopefully that can help get the fans back on our side.”
Tynecastle’s £12 million pound development of the new main stand is due for completion in time for Sunday’s clash with Partick Thistle. However, the failure to complete the construction lead to Hearts playing their ‘home’ matches at Murrayfield.
“We’ve picked up 15 points whilst, technically, only playing away games. Hearts’ record away from home hasn’t been great in the past. We’re still in the top six, there are a couple of games we should have taken more points from, but it’s hard to get that momentum playing away.
“You want to get home and get a couple of wins under your belt. Then you feel confident, especially the attacking players. We’ve been relying on youngsters, like Harry Cochrane who is only 16. It’s not an easy environment to go into at that age.”