First Team

Cowie's praise

14th May 2017

Skipper hails team-mates' spirited display and praises leadership of Head Coach.

Don Cowie shared his pride at captaining Hearts in a spirited display despite losing at Ibrox.

The midfielder skippered the side in a 2-1 defeat that saw the ten-man Jambos outplay their opponents for large spells of the match, and Don revealed his satisfaction at what he saw.

“I’m really proud to have been captain out there on Saturday,” said Cowie. “We stuck at it bravely, and created chances, and we’re disappointed not to take anything more from the game.

“I’m proud of how the boys rallied after the goal and red card. We can take lots of positives from how we played, and how we were set up. it was positive, with us keeping two strikers on, and we got the reward with a great goal.

“That’s something we need to address, in that we concede goals soon after scoring them, which obviously needs to be worked on. We need to be able to keep the momentum in our favour.”

He added: “There’s been a lot of doom and gloom about the club but on Saturday, I thought you saw performances from boys putting their bodies on the line and showing what it means to play for Hearts.”

After Isma Goncalves levelled the match for the away side, Cowie’s first instinct was to leap into the arms of Ian Cathro, and he spoke admiringly of how he views the Jambos’ - in Don’s opinion - unfairly criticised head coach.

“Credit to the manager, he made sure we had two strikers on because he felt we could keep causing them problems,” said Don. “I celebrated with him at the goal, because I feel we need to take some responsibility.

“A lot of negativity has been put onto the manager for our performances. The displays have not been good enough, and we need to take our share of that blame.

“I firmly believe we have a tremendous manager at this club, we need to stick by him and get through this really difficult period, because I fully buy into what he’s trying to do. 

“I hesitate to talk about next season, because we have two games left to focus on, but I believe after the summer, we’ll come back a stronger team.”