Olly Lee admits yesterday’s Betfred Cup win over Dunfermline was a scappy one, but all that matters is that Hearts are in the quarter-final draw.
The midfielder scored the only goal of the game – a sweet strike from just inside the box – in what was a testing encounter against strong opposition.
Olly praised his teammates for their professionalism in seeing out the win and maintain their unbeaten start to the season as the Jambos made it seven games without defeat.
"We made it hard work for ourselves, we didn’t really start as brightly, credit to Dunfermline, they made it hard but we got the victory we came here for,” he said. “I was pleased, it turned into a scrappy game but sometimes these games can be like that, the main thing is we got the goal in the end and got the win.
"Coming off the high of the Celtic game, we wanted to make sure we maintained that confidence and professionalism, and it’s put us one step closer to a semi final, and a final, which is where we want to be.
“It’s irrelevant how well we played or didn’t play, what matters is we got the job done."
While Olly was the match-winner, Bobby Zlamal performed heroics at the toher end to keep Hearts in the tie.
The former Luton Town man had special words of praise for the big ‘keeper and admits his performance was crucial to the men in maroon coming away from East End Park with a victory.
"Bobby has been brilliant,” he said. “He’s a crazy goalkeeper as most of them are, and he’s topped it off yesterday with some incredible saves so all credit to him.
“The last thing we needed was extra time, and he’s prevented that. We could have managed the last ten minutes a bit better, but it’s all a learning curve and Bobby bailed us out yesterday.”