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Caixinha happy with start but wants more

Two wins from two in domestic games give Caixinha a solid base to build from and the manager wants to see it continue

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After seeing his side pick up two wins from two games this week, Pedro Caixinha has admitted he’s happy with the start they have made to the season but still wants to see more from his players as they continue to gel together as a team. A 2-1 win at Motherwell in the opening league game of the season was followed up with a resounding 6-0 League Cup success over Dunfermline on Wednesday but the Portuguese manager wants to see his side continue to progress. Speaking to the media ahead of Saturday’s visit by newly-promoted Hibs, Caixinha said: “It’s always important to build on winning, give the players confidence and take the players to the real potential they have. They are believing in themselves and themselves as a team. That makes me really happy, but it is just a good start – that is all. We want more and we want to keep progressing.

“All the time, you need to be aware of the details you have to improve your team and having the sky as the limit too.

“I am the type of guy who looks for and chases perfection. I know I am not going to get it as when I think I have it I want more, so I want the players to think like that. I believe you need to be focused all the time and get on the pitch to win it with a strong mentality – that is what I believe in.

“My job is to give my players confidence and to help them not listen to their doubts and believe in themselves as a group, as a team and as a club. That is what ”really matters.

The manager was particularly pleased with the manner his side went about their business against Allan Johnston’s Dunfermline with it clear to everyone they were enjoying their football, adding: “One of the major points in football is enjoying it. If you can get on the park and enjoy it like you were a young kid, playing in your street, then that is what professional players should be doing.

“I feel freedom from the team, and the early second goal gives you that. But they worked hard to get it and they never stopped until they got it. I am happy too with the ambition they showed.”