Hibernian boss Alan Stubbs insists his Easter Road side are heading in the right direction ahead of their League Cup quarter-final.
The Leith outfit thought they had clawed themselves back into the Scottish Championship promotion race after taking a first-half lead against Hearts on Sunday.
But Alim Ozturk’s sensational late strike ensured the Edinburgh derby finished 1-1 - leaving Hibs 14 points behind the league-leading Jambos.
Stubbs’ side now face Dundee United in Wednesday’s last-eight clash but the manager believes his side are showing progress after a disappointing start.
The former Everton youth coach took up his first senior managerial post in the summer when he replaced Terry Butcher.
He told the BBC: “It was never going to be giant strides but I feel as if we’ve come a long way in a short time.
“I feel like I’ve learned three years’ worth in three months.
“Over the last couple of months we’ve started to perform better. But when I first came in I didn’t have any staff, I hardly had any players and I had to prepare a team for a Championship challenge in six weeks. It was difficult.”
Stubbs will have to do without on-loan Celtic midfielder Dylan McGeouch for United’s visit after he was sent off against Ross County in the previous round.