First Team

Hamill: Special support

3rd April 2014

Penalty hero Jamie Hamill thanks the Tynecastle support for their backing as Hearts draw 1-1 with Aberdeen.

Jamie Hamill has praised the fans for turning out in their numbers to cheer the team on to a superb comeback against Aberdeen last night.

The Jambos looked dead and buried after a Danny Wilson red card led to Willo Flood opening the scoring for the visitors. However, with five minutes remaining Callum Paterson was fouled inside the box and Hamill stepped up to secure a point for the men in maroon.

Speaking at full time, Jamie said: "The fans have come out again in their numbers tonight. The Aberdeen fans were brilliant as well so it's made the game a wee bit better.

"Sometimes when you look at the games in midweek there's only three of four thousand, but tonight the fans were brilliant and the team spirit that the boys showed again, even having a man sent off, was second to none.

"The fans have been brilliant. There have been games where they've been on my back but at the end of the day I'm happy enough for them to be on my back if it's taking the sting out of the younger boys.

"I'm 100% behind the fans and every one of them have been brilliant this season. Everything about the fans this season has been really good. I'm happy to take a wee bit of grief as long as the younger boys are escaping it."

Hamill, now top goalscorer with eight goals, insists that despite the situation the club finds itself in, team spirit remains sky high inside the Tynecastle dressing room.

"You think that's there maybe not a way back into it, especially when you lose your captain from right in the heart of your defence, but it just shows the character we've got in the dressing room at the moment," he said. "Everybody is pulling the right way for each other. Hopefully we can take it into the Partick Thistle game on Saturday.

"With team spirit we'd probably be sitting at the top of the league just now, if it were to go by that. We've got to keep working away, keep trying to get as much points as possible so we can maybe look back at the end of the season and go: 'if we didn't have the 15-point deduction, where would we have been?'

"Hopefully we can pick up a few more results and take a positive from that."