First Team

Djoum's dominance

18th January 2016

Belgian midfielder impresses again in superb display against Motherwell.

Arnaud Djoum hailed his teammates as they hit six of the best in Saturday’s stunning victory over Motherwell at Tynecastle.

Goals from Igor Rossi, Osman Sow and Gavin Reilly put the Jambos in dreamland after only 21 minutes, and although it took until the 77th minute for more action, three late strikes from Callum Paterson, Juanma and Djoum himself put the seal on a famous result.

Having beaten Aberdeen last week in a display praised by many as one of the most disciplined, mature and impressive in Robbie Neilson’s time in charge, the Jambos went one step further as they went goal-crazy.

“It was a great performance,” said Djoum. “We were continuing the same level we reached against Aberdeen. We have the quality here, for sure. 

“We just keep going like we have in the last two games. They were two of the best performances I’ve seen in my time here.”

The head coach had previously bemoaned his side’s failings in terms of killing matches off. However, on a day when everything went right, the Jam Tarts never gave the Steelmen a sniff in a brutal attacking display.

This was clearly evidenced in the six different scorers, with Djoum producing some outrageous skill to win his own penalty in stoppage time. 

Not only that, but the ruthless Hearts had two goals disallowed including one further into stoppage time, as well as being denied by a fine Connor Ripley save from Billy King’s goal bound effort less than a minute after the sixth went in.

“The manager told us to take our chances more often. Sometimes we create a lot without scoring a lot but you can see that changed today.

“I think everybody is happy to score goals. Even though it was a penalty, I was happy to score, that’s why I wanted to take it. I want to score in every game. 

“That was the first penalty I’ve taken. But it was 5-0, you know? It’s easier to take a penalty in that situation. I wasn’t going to let anyone else take it.”

Lastly, although conceding the team are only concentrating on Hamilton Accies next week, the former Anderlecht midfielder admitted he couldn’t wait to take to the field to face Hibs in next month’s Scottish Cup fifth round tie.

“I’m very excited about it because it’s going to be my first Edinburgh derby, I’ve heard a lot about it, the rivalry between the two teams. 

"There were a few derby games in Poland but I didn’t play in a real derby. This will be my biggest, definitely. There is history about this fixture which makes me excited about playing in it, and I want to win."