First Team

Isma: Full of confidence

6th February 2017

Portuguese striker going into Hibs clash on a high after scoring first goals for Hearts.

Isma Goncalves hit his first goals for Hearts in Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Motherwell, and revealed his delight at getting off the mark.

The Portuguese hitman scored twice in the final five minutes to put the gloss on a deserved victory for the Jambos, but insisted the result was more important.

“It’s important for my confidence but most importantly we won the game. I’m happy to score, but the team needs the win more than I need goals.”

One of nine signings made in the January transfer window, Isma admitted the team still had some work to do to get to know each other’s play, but praised his new teammates for how quickly they’d gelled on the park.

With Hearts now six points off second place, Isma felt the team could still do their part to finish as high up the table as possible.

“This is obvious, we’ve only been together for 6 days and only know a little bit of each other, so we will definitely improve. It’s amazing to think of the start we’ve had, 4-1 and 3-0 are great scores.

“If it’s still possible for us to claim second, then we will work towards that, and that will be our target.”

Also on the scoresheet was Alexandros Tziolis, the Greek midfield man opening the scoring from long distance to cap off a fine display in the centre of the park, and Goncalves was full of praise for his new squad mate. 

“Alex is an amazing player, he’s played all over Europe and he keeps the game calm, when we need to slow down he controls the tempo for us.”

Lastly, looking forward to this weekend, Isma insisted the hard work had already begun as Ian Cathro and his coaching staff plot how to get Hearts into the quarter finals of the Scottish Cup at the expense of Hibs.

“It’s a big game for Hearts and the fans, and we will work hard now on Hibs and how we will beat them, we’ll give everything to win. It’s important to go into the game full of confidence.”