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29th September 2014

Defender Alim Ozturk praises fans and insists team wants to win every game at Tynecastle.

Alim Ozturk has revealed that he wants to go the entire season unbeaten at Tynecastle.

The Jambos swept aside Livingston 5-0 on Sunday, making it four Championship wins from four in Gorgie and amassing an incredible 16 goals in the process.

Speaking after the match, centre-half Alim insisted that he and his team-mates have even more to give and feed off the passionate Tynecastle support.

"The fans are positive and that's good for us," he said. "It gives you a good feeling. It gives me a good feeling and you can see it in the team also. We want more and more because we are young. We scored five goals today and it's good.

"We want to go the whole season unbeaten at home. Every week that we play here we always want a clean-sheet. Sometimes they score but that happens in games of football. But we always want to win here.

"I think that 5-0 wasn't enough. We should've scored more. We had many more chances but the Livingston goalkeeper was good today. It could've been eight or nine-nil but he had some good saves. It was a good game for us, we got a clean-sheet again and we win. 

"If you see the game and the chances, we could've scored three or four more. But the goalkeeper made good saves. 5-0 is also a good score but we can score more. You never know, at the end of the season you will maybe need the goals so it's better to score them."

Four of the men in maroon's goals came from fowards on Sunday and Alim believes that the club's strikeforce, no matter the line-up, is up there with the best.

"Our strikers are very good," he said. "If Osman plays with Keats, or like today with Soufian, it's very good. You also have Carrick coming in and it's no problem for us. Our partnership is the best in the league.

"I knew Soufian from Holland, but not personally. I heard about his name because we played in the same league. I know that he scored goals in the first division of Holland. We live together and we talked about the game. I told him that if he scored then it would be good for him for his confidence. And it happened.

"He's a smart guy but I had to help him when he was injured. He didn't play for seven months and it's hard for a football player to do that but it's going very well now and I hope in the future that he scores more goals."