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Zander Clark warns Hearts can’t use European football as an excuse for their dismal start to the league campaign.

The Tynecastle side followed up a defeat to PAOK with a 1-0 loss at the hands of high flying Motherwell.

And Scotland stopper Zander Clark insists the squad must get used to playing two games per week.

He said: “Obviously we have the travel and stuff but we had enough freshness in the team, we need to strive off that going into a game of football.

“We can’t use it as excuses it wasn’t good enough we have the chance now to have a break and reset and make sure we’re ready to go after the international break.”

The Gorgie side go into the international break in 8th place, with 4 points from a possible 12.

And with Aberdeen and St Mirren on the horizon, the Jambos keeper has vowed the players will use that break to refocus ahead of the return of domestic football.

He said: “As players and fans we all wanted to keep the Thursday Sunday going.

“It was obviously not meant to be but we have the international break coming up now it gives us a chance to reset and get our focus back and try and be in a better place come the end of the break and make sure we’re good to go.”