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Paterson: New boss will have great squad

5th December 2016

Jambos top scorer admits new Hearts head coach will have great squad to work with.

Callum Paterson wasn’t too downhearted after Hearts ended a difficult week with a tough-fought draw at Ross County on Saturday.

The Jambos and the Staggies shared the points after a 2-2 thriller, with the away side missing a stoppage time penalty. Paterson had earlier put Hearts in front.

After losing head coach Robbie Neilson to MK Dons, and having already won two games out of two earlier in the week, the top scorer admitted it wasn’t the worst result.

"We wanted nine points out of nine but it wasn't to be," said the right-back. "Thankfully, we got something out of it. We were on top for the majority of the game. 

"They went 1-0 up against the run of play. We came back to go 2-1 up but they had the lion's share of possession and chances in the last ten minutes. 

“Maybe a draw was a fair result. Missing the penalty is a bit of a sucker-punch but getting a point is better than nothing.”

Lastly, the Scotland star admitted he couldn’t wait to find out who Neilson’s replacement would be, insisting the squad at Tynecastle was the envy of the country, with plenty to spare.

"I can't wait to work with the new manager. We don't know who it is yet but we'll find out soon enough. We've shown we have depth and diversity in the squad so he'll be able to mix it up, and there’s more to come from us.”