First Team

Doyle: Job Done

31st December 2018

Colin Doyle said he was just doing his job when he tipped Steven Whittaker's goal-bound effort onto the post to protect Hearts' 1-0 lead over Hibs in the Edinburgh Derby.

Olly Lee gave the Jambos a 28th minute lead with a stunning strike from outside the box but the away side were tested in the second-half, and had Doyle to thank for retaining their advantage.

Whittaker gathered the ball 25 yards out and his low drive looked destined for the net - but Doyle tipped it into the post before the ball spun perilously along the goal line and behind for a corner.

"At first I was thinking where was it," admitted Doyle. "I had a look behind me and I seen it roll across and I was just praying it was going past the goal because I didn't know whether any of them were following in or whether we were following in.

However, the big Irishman was modest about his heroics that helped give Hearts their first victory at Easter Road since 2014.

"That's what you're paid to do," he said. "You're paid to make saves when you're needed. I think other than that I had a couple of routine stops, a couple of crosses I had to come for.

"It's pleasing when you make a good save and it contributes to a win and if you make that save and you end up drawing or losing it's disappointing but we held strong in the last ten minutes with long balls coming into the box and get a 1-0 victory, and all the lads were buzzing in the changing room afterwards."

"All the lads are saying 'what a save, what a save' but you're there to make saves. It's pleasing I did get something onto the post and then it stayed out."

The Jambos now head into the winter break just six points off the top, having picked up three wins in their last five. Their next taste of competitive football comes against Livingston on Sunday, January 20th, in the Scottish Cup.