First Team

Naismith: We produced

10th May 2018

Steven Naismith underlines the importance of producing 'big win' over Hibs, and has words of praise for Harry Cochrane.

Steven Naismith believes Hearts ‘produced’ on the park last night after winning the final Edinburgh derby of the season.

The Jambos ran out 2-1 winners over Hibs thanks to goals from Kyle Lafferty and Naismith himself, either side of Florian Kamberi’s penalty.

The Scotland striker’s header was his fourth goal since joining Hearts on loan from Norwich City and he was full of praise for 17-year-old Harry Cochrane, who set him up for the winner and ran the show from the centre of the park.

“It was a big win,” he said. “That was the big end to the season for us, in terms of out of the fixtures that were left, that was probably the one that meant the most to everybody involved.

“It was important with it being the last home game, and probably how the season’s panned out, that a performance was put on. We produced last night.

“In the last couple of derbies there’s not actually been that much football played but in spells last night there was a bit more.

“It was probably a combination of the pitch being better and us being better.

“For us, especially, Harry in the middle was great. He did everything from making the right decisions to making his tackles to making good passes. It all clicked.”

Lafferty was bundled over by Paul Hanlon in the 57th minute, which allowed Cochrane to plant an inch-perfect cross onto Naismith’s head for a deserved winner.

The forward admits it wasn’t a pre-planned routine, just an example of two players forging a connection on the pitch.

“Nah it was just two good players, eye to eye!,” he said. “Honestly, we just saw it and he’s got a good delivery. I was sitting at the front and Lewis Stevenson was in front of me and I knew that if I could make contact with him to get him to put it in there then I knew it would probably go there.

“He’s put a great ball in and I’ve managed to get on the end of it.”