Craig Levein declared himself pleased with Hearts’ new signings David Vanecek and Conor Shaughnessy after their debuts against Lokeren.
The Edinburgh club lost 1-0 at the Campoamor Golf Resort in Friday’s friendly, but manager Levein was encouraged by his two new arrivals.
Vanecek, the Czech striker, joined Hearts in a pre-contract move on Monday and played for 60 minutes against the Belgians.
Shaughnessy arrived from Leeds United in a six-month loan deal and managed the full 90 minutes in central defence.
“I was quite happy,” said Levein. “I thought David Vanecek did the things I wanted him to do. He held the ball up and, if he didn’t win his headers, he always kept the ball in areas around him. He could also have won a penalty. So I was very pleased with him and I thought young Conor did well too. We did not get any injuries, so overall I was happy.
“I felt we looked a bit tired at times because we have worked really hard this week in training. We will do a little bit less next week and we will be ready for the Livingston [Scottish Cup] game.”
Hearts are due to return from their five-day winter training camp on Sunday.