First Team

Adam: Important win

12th October 2014

Adam Eckersley hails vital win on the road as Hearts beat Alloa.

Adam Eckersley insists Saturday’s win over Alloa shows the special character that exists inside the Hearts dressing room.

The left-back’s 86th minute free-kick was deflected into the net to give the Jambos a precious three points on the road, and Adam revealed he’ll be claiming it anyway.

“I stepped up and I know those balls are terrible to defend when you’re running towards your own goal, especially when you play them in at head height and with pace,” he said. It’s not a nice ball to defend.  I couldn’t actually see what happened!

“I couldn’t see if it went straight in or if it hit off a knee or what. But that’s just the nature of the game. Of course I’m claiming it anyway, they don’t come around very often!  You’ve got to, I think. I’ve scored six or seven in my career, but I’m more of an assist guy.”

Adam admits there was a feeling of relief once the ball hit the back of the net, as that win means Hearts have opened up a nine point cushion at the top of the Championship.

“I was just relieved to see it go in,” he said. “It was a tough game. We felt that, especially when we went down to ten men at the end.

“It was very, very difficult; a difficult place to come and a difficult surface. It just shows the character of our team that we could go down to ten men and still get a result, and a very important result.  Everyone’s very pleased.

“These teams on these surfaces is not ideal, especially for passing teams - it’s very slow out there on the astrof turf. I would’ve preferred it to rain before the game to give it a bit of wet but these are the conditions and we ended up getting the three points anyway.

“Like I said before, it just shows the character and the strength of our team.”