Jorge eyeing Hampden success

27 September 2023

Jorge Grant is now relishing a trip to Hampden after Hearts saw off Kilmarnock in their Viaplay Cup quarter-final tie at Rugby Park.


Grant fired the men in maroon ahead in the first half, before Brad Lyon’s restored parity.


Just as it was looking like extra time would be required, substitute Alex Lowry popped up to curl the ball home in the 92nd minute and book Hearts’ place in the semi-finals.


Speaking to Hearts TV at full-time, Grant said:


“I thought we did well. In the first half, I thought we controlled the game. They had their spell which we knew they would, coming out in the second half to give it a go. That is something we should probably have weathered a little bit better, but to come back and win shows great character from the boys.”


On his goal, he added: “Rowlesy wins the ball back and it goes in to Shanks and we spoke in the changing room before the game about being close to each other and he’s set it to perfection by taking all the pace off the ball and I’ve managed to put it in the corner.


Grant concluded by praising the character Hearts showed to come through the tie and is already looking forward to the semi-final in November.


“It’s a difficult place to come. It’s important that we showed that character and it’s really nice for Al to get his goal at the end.


“It will be a big day. Very important for our fans to have that, so we will look out for the draw and hopefully go there and win.”