First Team

Ready for a battle

17th November 2014

Morgaro Gomis delighted to secure three points at Falkirk, and sets his sights on victory over Rangers.

With three points secured in Saturday's tough match at the Falkirk Stadium, Morgaro Gomis shifted his attention to next weekend's encounter with Scottish League One winners Rangers.

After the Gers dropped points at home to Alloa, the Jambos took their chance to move six points clear at the top of the Scottish Championship table with a 2-1 victory over the Bairns.

Head coach Robbie Neilson described the first half - lit up by fine goals from Kevin McHattie and Soufian El Hassnaoui - as 'the best we've played this season', a sentiment that the Senegalese star agreed with. 

"We started the game very well", said the ex-Dundee Utd man. "In the second half, we were put under pressure as expected, but over the 90 minutes we can be pleased with our efforts.

"Before the match, the head coach told us to win the game, because Rangers dropping points presented a great opportunity. He told us to enjoy it, because this is an enviable position to be in."

The victory, in front of over 3,200 travelling supporters, extended Hearts' unbeaten league run to 13 matches. Gomis stressed that, while keen to maintain their excellent form, the team knew the hard work was only just beginning, as the Jambos face their sternest test yet with the arrival of their title rivals to Tynecastle.

In the build up to the previous weekend's games, some players from opposing sides sought to question the mental fortitude of the young Jam Tarts team. Morgaro admitted that people were entitled to their opinions, but that he gave them no consideration, and nor did anyone else at the club.

"We want to win every game, but we know it's a long and difficult season, even now", said Gomis. "We'll treat the Rangers game as we've treated every other game - as a game that we'll need to play our best in which to win.

"It will seem bigger because it's Rangers, but it is no more important than any other game to us. We're happy where we are in the league, and if opposition players want to talk about us, that's fine.

"Robbie has told us what he wants from us since the first day of pre-season, and that's all we try to be. We can handle ourselves, and we can play any type of football. Hopefully it's a good game, but if there's a battle, we'll be ready for it."