First Team

Alim: Same again

10th April 2016

Alim Ozturk impressed with win over Dons but insists Jambos must do it again on Tuesday against ICT.

Alim Ozturk has hailed the significance of Friday's night's Ladbrokes Premiership win over Aberdeen, as the Jambos focus in on catching the second-placed Dons.

Despite falling behind to an early Simon Church goal, the men in maroon rallied to turn in an impressive performance and got the win they deserved with a brace of Juanma goals.

Skipper Alim believes beating Aberdeen was vital if Robbie Neilson's men have any chance of leapfrogging them in the table.

"I am really pleased because we knew we were 12 points behind them, with one extra game to play, and by winning this match and the game against Inverness we can close the gap to six points," he said. This was such an important match - but if we don’t follow it up with a win on Tuesday then it doesn’t matter.

"It is a big one on Tuesday and we want to keep the pressure on Aberdeen."

Preparations for Friday's clash were severely dented when many of the first-team squad succumbed to a virus at the start of the week, which led to the match against ICT earlier in the week being called off, and just one training session in place ahead of Aberdeen's visit to Tynecastle.

The victory came as no surprise to Alim, however, as he knows what his teammates are capable of.

I" think the first 15-20 minutes was not good but after that we played really well," he said. "We fought for each other, we were better than Aberdeen and we deserved the win.

"There were so many guys ill, and we didn’t play the game last Tuesday, and the fact we put in a performance like that just shows the character in the team.

"Everybody wants to run and fight for each other."