First Team

Forward thinking

14th July 2014

Neil Alexander delighted with attacking display at Bayview as Hearts dispatch East Fife 3-0 on Saturday.

Neil Alexander hailed his side's attacking force as a week of hard work on the training ground paid off in style with a handsome 3-0 win over East Fife on Saturday.

The Jambos bossed the game from start to finish and could have won by a more convincing margin, following goals from Gary Oliver and trialists Prince Buaben and Osman Sow.

The player-coach revealed that the attacking side of things had been 'a bit of a worry' so far in pre-season, but explained that focusing on forward play in training during the week paid dividends.

"It was a good exercise", he said. "We played some good stuff and looked promising going forward, which is something we've been lacking in so far, and which was a bit of a worry to be honest.

"The defence is looking really solid, through midfield but it's the last third we've been trying to improve and a lot of things came off for us today which shows our hard work is paying off."

Although early in the season, the performances of Morgaro Gomis have caught the eye of supporters and Neil enthused about the prospect of Morgaro linking up with best friend Prince Buaben, currently in advanced talks over signing with the club.

"I thought they were fantastic. The two of them have a great understanding and they bounce off each other", the former Scotland cap continued.

"They cover each other and it's a great partnership. Should Prince sign, and if we can keep them fit for the whole of the season they will be a fantastic pairing for us."

Finally, Neil discussed the performance of ex-teammate Osman Sow, the Swede making an appearance as Robbie Neilson looks to assess the viability of the target man joining the squad following his release from Barclays Premier League outfit Crystal Palace.

"Big Oz was injured for the first part of last season, but I played alongside him in training, U21 games and reserve games.

"He is a good, big lad and he wants to work hard and improve. He's lacking a bit of match sharpness but I thought he did really well considering that was his first game."