First Team

Alim keeping calm

16th August 2015

Skipper thrilled to grab first goal of the season in Ross County win, but insists table-toppers not getting carried away.

Alim Ozturk was all smiles as his predatory instincts came to the fore in Saturday’s Ladbrokes Premiership 2-1 victory over Ross County.

The skipper doubled the Jambos’ lead on 14 minutes after Osman Sow’s superb opener, the Turkish stopper converting on the line after a well-worked corner involving Jamie Walker and Callum Paterson.

More used to scoring from 30 yards out, the defender admitted he’d take plenty more goals from a yard out in future after garnering acclaim for his long-range rockets in last season’s Scottish Championship campaign.

“I liked this goal more than any others I’ve scored, you just need to touch it over the line,” he smiled. “I’d like to score more goals like this!”

Hearts made it four wins out of four in the league, after a testing week involving away trips to Dundee and Dingwall, as well as welcoming Motherwell to Tynecastle. 

Going into a full week’s break ahead of the meeting with Partick Thistle next weekend with maximum points on the board and sitting top of the league, Ozturk conceded that the team had found the past seven days very trying, but stated that he wouldn’t allow any of the players to get ahead of themselves.

“This was a tough week for us, we had our midweek game too, so today was really hard for us, and it’s such a long drive up here,” he continued. “We played really well in the first half and we should have killed it but the referee said Igor fouled their player for the penalty.

“It’s easy for us to discuss penalty incidents after the game because we have replays so it’s fine, it happens.

“We have a good team and we knew we could win all these games but you have to work hard, it’s very difficult to keep winning games like Dundee and Ross County.

“The boys are grounded, nobody is getting carried away, if they do we have characters in the dressing room who will tell them to keep their feet on the ground. And yes, I am one of those people. I don’t let anyone get carried away.”