Kenny Anderson marked his first appearance for Hearts with a bang, as the new signing headed home a vital goal in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Livingston.
Brought on at half time for the stricken Sam Nicholson, the Dutchman made an instant impact as he nodded home fellow sub Billy King’s cross to give the Jambos the lead with only seven minutes remaining.
“I really enjoyed it,” said Anderson. “I was happy, not just to make my debut, but to make an impact as well. When you make a move to a club, you dream of making a difference.
“I wanted to be an important player for the team, so to get a goal when I did and win the three points makes it extra special.”
Anderson was brought on to a rapturous reception from the outstanding away support, who gave the midfielder the welcome he needed to ‘push on’ and try to impress, including some family members who had made the trip to watch him play.
The former RKC Waalwijk player also revealed, prior to Sunday’s match, that his grandfather had supported Hearts during his lifetime. As Kenny scored, he looked to the heavens and smiled as he thought of his family.
“My grandfather will be up there cheering me on. I looked to the sky when I scored to say thanks. The fans gave me some extra energy and motivation as well, with the reception I got.
“It was quite late in the match when I scored, but I was pushed further to try and impress our fans who were amazing today.
“Everybody’s very proud, I think. I’ve had loads of text messages. The whole Anderson clan has a group chat going, so when I get a chance I’m sure they’ll be happy to hear from me.”