First Team

Callum's frustration

6th November 2016

Paterson left feeling frustrated after 2-2 draw against Saints.

Callum Paterson cut a frustrated figure as Hearts were held to a 2-2 draw at home to St Johnstone.

The Jambos took the lead through Prince Buaben in the first half, but the visitors turned the game on its head to lead 2-1 with five minutes remaining before Paterson equalised with two minutes to go.

“It’s a frustrating result,” said Callum. “I’m glad we didn’t lose, but to be honest, I’m not happy with the result because it’s more dropped points.

“We’ve scored five goals in the last two matches and not won either of them, that isn’t great at all. We need to see what we’re doing differently from when we weren’t conceding earlier in the season.

“Maybe in the hunt to score more goals, we’ve opened up too much, because if you don’t concede you don’t lose games. We need to find a balance.”

On a brighter note, Callum revealed his joy at once more being called into the Scotland set-up for the encounter with England as the sides clash at Wembley on Friday in a World Cup qualifier.

Having faced a young Raheem Sterling against Liverpool in just his fourth senior appearance, the Jambos' top scorer stated he was looking forward to renewing his rivalry with the £50m man.

“It’s a massive achievement just to be called up again,” said the full-back. “I’ll need to see if Sterling has improved since last time!

“Hopefully he’s not as good as he was that night, because it was absolutely torrid for me! I can’t wait, though. It’s a massive game to be involved in and a huge honour for me.”