Despite seeing his side lose, Ian Cathro was full of positives after Friday night’s match.

A 2-1 win for his old club Newcastle United and with their competitive matches kicking off on Tuesday, the Hearts boss declared that it was ‘exactly what we needed’.

Two Dwight Gayle goals won it for Newcastle but Hearts missed a penalty and both sides hit the woodwork in an eventful match.

Saying ‘It’s good for the (Hearts) players to have that level of competition against a good side’, Cathro says that working towards that level is what he is aiming for at Tynecastle.

Ian Cathro speaking to Hearts official site:

“It was a good quality, high performance workout.

“It was a real positive, exactly what we needed.

“It’s good for the players to have that level of competition against a good side.

Our plan is for us to become a good side too, but we’re in the middle of work to get us there, so there were some really positive moments to go along with it.

“If anyone was unsure, we now know things are changing and growing, and it means we have the strange situation of four away games to start the season.

“We need to be excited by the challenge of getting through those games, so we can fill this place when we get to the end of that run of games.

“I’ve been really pleased by the make up of the games we’ve played. We had to fit it into a shorter period of time, but we picked the correct fixtures and we’re now more ready for competition.

“Walker is a strong character within himself and he’s a real talent who I want to support. He can make real progress.

“He’s part of my team that’s progressing, and growing, and we want his qualities in the side as he remains part of the team.”

Hearts 1 Newcastle 2

Friday 14 July 7.45pm

Goals:

Newcastle: Gayle 4, 26

Hearts: Walker 24

Newcastle United:

Elliot (Woodman 63), Aarons(Gamez 46), Clark (Dummett 46), Mbemba (Hanley 62), Lascelles (Lejeune 46), Haidara (Colback 62), Shelvey (Saivet 46), Diame (Armstrong 62), De Jong (Lazaar 75), Atsu (Perez 46), Gayle (Mitrovic 46)

Crowd: 10,001 (1,468 Newcastle)

Referee: Willie Collum

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