First Team

Bjorn off the mark

17th October 2016

Bjorn Johnsen delighted to bag first Hearts goal and insists pressure is now off.

Bjorn Johnsen has spoken of his relief at bagging his first goal in a Hearts jersey, and hopes it’s the first of many.

The American striker came off the bench to clinch the game for the Jambos in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Dundee with a close-range finish, and he believes the pressure is now off him.

“Of course I’m happy, excited,” he said. “It’s always a relief for a striker to get his first goal. It takes off the pressure and makes you not think as much.

“Obviously we needed the goal as they hit the post four times. I think the team felt the pressure. You saw Robbie Muirhead come in and make the free-kick that we scored from, so right now I think we’re in a good position. I’m happy with that, not just the goal.

“I always felt pressure to score my first goal, but that’s from myself and not from anyone outside. You saw the relief on Tony when he scored his first goal.

“It’s one of those things when you come to a new club, you want to just get your first goal out of the way and then you can just look forward.

“For me it was really a big moment and my family. They’ve been pushing me to relax and take it calm and not stress myself.”

Robbie Neilson’s substitutions swung the game in Hearts’ favour with all three involved in the Jambos’ two goals and Bjorn has revealed how the whole team is ready to step in, regardless of if they’re starting or not.

“A lot of teams don’t have a squad of 20 guys,” he said. “None of us are angry about being on the bench, all of us are ready to play. Whoever comes in is going to be playing at full throttle.

“Always, I hope to get a start in the next game. I was disappointed coming in against St Johnstone and not getting a win because that was my first full game.

“That was disappointing and obviously I want to be in the starting XI so I have to push my way through and doing those kinds of things is going to help me push through.

“As I said before, it doesn’t matter if I’m on the bench or in the starting line-up, we just want to win right now and stay up at the top.

“I think it makes you want to do better. You’re coming on and you’re the new guy so you want to show that you’re going to do better.”

Bjorn’s 89th minute strike was his first in a maroon shirt and the towering hitman wasn’t fussed about the manner in which it came, as all he wanted to do was hit the back of the net.

“It’s the not the only ones I can score,” he stated. “I’d like to say I’m a box striker. From 30-yards out in, that’s where I do my work.

“Right now, when you’re trying to get your fist goal those little crummy goals are what you need to get before you can get some nice ones.”