Paulo Sergio feels Hearts deserved to beat Kilmarnock

Paulo Sergio
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Hearts manager Paulo Sergio says his side deserved to take all three points from their Scottish Premier League tie against Kilmarnock.

The sides drew 0-0 after Hearts made three changes to the side beaten 5-0 by Tottenham on Thursday.

"We deserved to win - with all respect to Kilmarnock, I think we were better," he said.

"The thing they learned today that I like is working like a team, and that's a big step they need to take."

Both sides had chances as James Dayton had a free-kick saved for the hosts and Hearts' Stephen Elliott struck the bar with a header before half-time.

But Sergio felt that Hearts neutralised Kilmarnock's attempts to dominate the match.

"Kilmarnock are a quality team," said Sergio. "I saw their previous game and they are a team that wants to play the ball with good passing.

"We didn't let them do that and had opportunities to score, and we deserved more than just one point."

After the heavy defeat to Spurs in the Europa League, Sergio says he may use this week's second leg to field fringe players.

He added: "It's almost impossible to go in front so maybe I'm going to play some guys who haven't played much until now, because it's good for them to get experience and also to recover some others for the focus that we should have, the SPL next Sunday.

"These European games give us the opportunity to learn and test ourselves - we had a horrible first half at Tynecastle and we should improve on that.

"If we improve, that's a different way to lose a game."