Osman Sow marked his return to the goal trail with a quickfire double off the bench in Saturday’s relentless 10-0 thrashing of Cowdenbeath.
The giant Swedish striker netted his first goals since October as the Jambos blitzed the Blue Brazil in a record-setting league win.
Fans watching the game could see what the first of his double meant to Osman, his delight clear for all to see as he hammered home from close range after fellow sub Soufian El Hassnaoui’s pinpoint pass.
After the game, the summer signing from Crystal Palace revealed his joy at lifting the first mental block after his injury torment.
“I am happy to be back training every day,” said Osman. “That’s two weeks now and I have managed a few goals. I’m getting there and I am feeling good on the pitch.”
Onto the topic of the match, and the forward - who hit double figures for the season, making him joint-top scorer with James Keatings - stated that it was a ‘special’ day for the team, as everything clicked into place.
“It wasn’t a normal day. It was really special and we never took the foot off the gas. It was tough for Cowdenbeath, especially with 10 men, but we played very well. It seemed like everything we did went in.
“It’s good to be part of such a big win and go down in history but the most important thing was getting the three points.”
When asked if he, or any other players, felt sorry for their trounced opponents, Sow admitted - with a shrug and a bashful smile - that he didn’t, because Hearts were just doing their job, ultimately.
“No, I don’t have any sympathy, but that’s just football, it’s hard for Cowdenbeath, but s*** happens. There was no mercy but they wouldn’t expect that from us.
“I don’t know if we thought at half-time we could get 10 but maybe a little bit as we already had five. A win like this is great for the fans, but it’s just three more points and we’re looking ahead to Dumbarton now.”
Lastly, the front man acknowledged that, while Hearts were in a strong position with a twenty point lead over Hibs, that there was still work to be done, but that their relentless nature would be vital for the remainder of the campaign.
Dismissing any notions of ‘sending a message’ to the rest of the league, Sow said they could only beat the teams in front of them consistently if they wanted to win the title.
“I don’t know about sending out a message to other teams but we believe in ourselves. We just want to keep on going. That is the mark of champions but there are still a lot of points to put on the board.
“It would be nice to win the league as early as possible but we are not looking at what anyone else does.
'Winning a league is something special and to have something like that in your career would be fantastic. That is why I came here, to win things.”