Motherwell assistant manager Kenny Black says any sympathy he has for old club Hearts will vanish when they arrive at Fir Park on Saturday.
Black spent five years with the Tynecastle club who sit at the bottom of the SPL on negative points after plunging into financial difficulties.
He said: “I spent five good years with Hearts and I am disappointed to now see them in their current circumstances.
“Losing in the last minute to Ross County will have hurt them, but they showed their character to win on penalties against Queen of the South in the League Cup.
“They have a lot of youngsters in the squad who have been put in a difficult position, but at that age all you want to go in play football, and while losing to fellow strugglers St Mirren will have been a set back I have no doubt Gary Locke will galvanise them.
“It has been a tough time for them, but any sympathies I have will be left away from the pitch as we look to get a win following our own disappointing result at Celtic Park.
“We did okay in little spells at Parkhead, but no more than that, however the international break gave most of the lads a few days off and it will out of their system by now.
“Despite their troubles we don’t expect Hearts to make life anything less than tough for us, however we are fully determined to get back to winning ways and claim all three points.”