First Team

Improved performance pleases Souttar

15th August 2016

John Souttar encouraged by Hearts' performance at Pittodrie.

John Souttar hailed his team-mates after a ‘huge test of character’ against Aberdeen in Saturday’s Ladbrokes Premiership fixture at Pittodrie.

Hearts travelled north to Aberdeen on the back of two defeats, however, the side came away with a hard earned point in a closely contested encounter. 

“It was a really difficult shift, coming off the back of two tough games,” said the Scotland U21 star. “We were excellent against Celtic and should have won the game.

“But Wednesday night was very poor, we let ourselves and the club down. I’ll hold my hands up, I played very poorly, and I wasn’t aggressive enough. The manager told me as much after the match.

“It was a huge test of character, but he put his faith in me again today and I hope I repaid him. It was a huge boost to know he still believed in me.”

Hearts may well have left Pittodrie with all three points had Tony Watt scored with just minutes remaining. The on-loan striker sent the ball over the bar but Souttar was nonetheless convinced he’d seen enough from Watt to know he will be a key figure this season.

“We had the best chances, and Tony could have won it for us. If we keep our back four solid, and Jack Hamilton plays as well as he does today, then Tony is going to get us a lot of points when he’s fit.

“His quality is there for all to see, and if we do our job, he’ll do his and we can have a successful season.”