First Team

Djoum: Balance needed

30th October 2016

Arnaud Djoum insists team needs to find right balance after scoring and conceding three in Inverness.

Although disappointed with the performance and result, Arnaud Djoum conceded that Hearts were better off having gained one point than none at all following Saturday’s dramatic draw in Inverness.

The Cameroon star netted the third and equalising goal in a pulsating encounter that saw the Jambos come from behind twice to draw 3-3 with the Caley Jags.

Despite the character shown, however, the squad’s high standards shone through in the midfielder’s post-match comments.

“The result wasn’t so good,” admitted Arnaud. “It was a hard game but ultimately one point is better than nothing. Hopefully we’ll get back to winning in our next game.

“We should be winning games when we score three goals away from home. We’re making things harder for ourselves unnecessarily at the moment.

“We have to find the balance in the team,” he continued. “We’re working and trying to find it. We can’t be conceding so many goals now, when we stop that, we’ll win games again.”

With Aberdeen and St Johnstone once more dropping points, Hearts did return to 3rd place in the table by virtue of having scored more goals than their nearest rivals, but saw the chance to go 2nd in the table disappear as Rangers defeated Kilmarnock.

With this news, Djoum revealed that the team were now more suitably prepared for difficult encounters as their status as a top team positions them as a scalp that teams will want to take.

“Everything is tight for 2nd and 3rd place, everyone is dropping points. Every game is hard to win, and teams raise their game to play us, so it’s something we must always be ready for, they don’t make it easy.”