Hibs 'a better team' since last derby - Hearts boss Daniel Stendel

By Brian McLauchlinBBC Scotland
Scottish Premiership: Hibernian v Heart of Midlothian
Venue: Easter Road Stadium, Edinburgh Date: Tuesday, 3 March Kick-off: 19:45 GMT
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Daniel Stendel has warned his Hearts players they are facing a Hibernian side who are "better" now than when they won at Tynecastle on Boxing Day.

The German's team head to Easter Road on Tuesday two points adrift at the foot of the Scottish Premiership.

Stendel has analysed Hibs as their city rivals have gone five games unbeaten under Jack Ross and they sit sixth.

"They are a better team," the manager said. "They have more structure and more power, but we know that."

Hearts have only lost two of their past 10 fixtures and secured a 1-0 win over Rangers on Saturday to reach the Scottish Cup semi-finals, where they will also meet their Edinburgh neighbours.

"I hope and I think that we have good ideas to stop them," Stendel said.

The manager believes that cutting out defensive errors and "more discipline" is the key to lifting themselves off the foot of the table.

"After the last four league games, it was clear when we conceded 13 goals - it was too much," he added. "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, 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."

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Former Hearts captain Steven Pressley on Sportsound

"It was a huge result and a big performance from Hearts against Rangers. Sometimes you need to compromise on certain things and Daniel Stendel played quite a simplistic system.

"It looked to me like 4-2-3-1, the basic format of that, which allows your back four to stay more in touch with each other. The defending was less frantic, the numerical advantage was there at the back and we saw an improved performance so I think he has to be given a lot of credit for that."

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